European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)

The ECML is a unique institution whose mission is to encourage excellence and innovation in language teaching and to help Europeans to learn languages more efficiently.

The existence of ECML, initiated by eight member States of the Council of Europe in 1994, was confirmed by means of the enlarged partial agreement expressed in Resolution (98) 11.

The ECML’s mission, within the framework of cultural cooperation and observing respect for linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe, is centred on the:

  • the implementation of language policies;
  • the promotion of innovation in the field of learning and teaching modern languages.

Its strategic aims include:

  • focusing on the practical aspect of the learning and teaching of modern languages;
  • promoting dialogue and exchange among the various players in the field;
  • the training of multipliers.

The ECML’s nine key topics are plurilingual education, early language learning, the new media in language teaching, employment and languages, assessment, mobility and intercultural learning, migration and language learning, sign languages, and content and language integrated learning. The INL represents the Grand Duchy as a member on the Governing Board of the ECML.