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    Programme 2016-2019

Languages at the heart of learning

As language is at the root of all learning, there can be no quality education without quality language and intercultural education. All teachers, at all levels, whatever subject they teach, have an important part to play in building their learners' linguistic and intercultural repertoires. This is reflected in the new title – Languages at the heart of learning.


The programme consists of two strands: development and mediation.

The development strand focuses on creating new solutions to the challenges identified by our member states, through projects and think tanks; through the mediation strand member states can adapt and implement existing ECML resources, access ECML expertise through Training and consultancy and national support events, celebrate the European Day of Language and take part in conferences, webinars and colloquia open to a wider public. 


Training and consultancy 2016-2019

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Download the resource catalogue of the 2016-2019 programme

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In the course of 2021, the ECML carried out an in-depth evaluation of its 5th medium-term programme,” Languages at the heart of learning”, which ran for four years from 2016-2019.  The findings provide substantial evidence of the positive impact of the programme – of the relevance of the themes addressed, of the quality and usefulness of the project resources, of extensive outreach and follow-up activities, and of the beneficial influence at individual, institutional and national levels.

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Current priorities in ECML member states

Quick presentation of the new programme

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Download the flyer: English - French - German

DEVELOPMENT - Think tanks

  • Teacher education for early language learning
  • Whole-school teacher cooperation for support in the language(s) of schooling
  • Language learning pathways

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MEDIATION -Support in national contexts


ECML Training and Consultancy activities carried out within member states are complemented by central events in Graz

** Activities under the ECML - EC cooperation agreement 2017-2018

MEDIATION - Activities for a wider public

  • Dissemination conferences and workshops for national contact points
  • Central events on specific topics of interest, e.g. 

             * Ensuring quality in language testing and assessment: the contribution of the CEFR                   (7 December 2016)

             * Pluralistic approaches to teacher education (13-14 December 2017) - livestreamed