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Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning


What is the initiative about?

Language education is an area where open-access resources, online courses, virtual classrooms and social networks based on information and communication technology (ICT) are being increasingly used to give learners access to information, promote interaction and communication, and enhance digital literacy skills.

However, the rapid development of tools and resources presents both opportunities and challenges. In order to maximize the potential of ICT in language teaching, it is crucial that it is used in a pedagogically sound way that corresponds to the individual needs of the learners. It is also important that the use of ICT is introduced and supported in a sustainable way and in a range of pedagogical approaches that promote lifelong learning.


The objectives of this initiative are as follows:

To promote the benefits of ICT in language education; To develop a website with an inventory of reviewed tools and open educational resources.
To identify and review a selection of freely available ICT tools and open educational resources which support language teaching and learning; To provide training and awareness-raising workshops for teachers, education stakeholders and multipliers, focusing on self-training in the use of ICT;


A ‘gateway’ website with an annotated and searchable inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources Local or regional clusters of multipliers promoting the use of ICT tools and open resources in support of language teaching and learning
Seven 2-day training workshops for a total of 140 local/regional multipliers in EU and ECML Member States An online workspace to support training and communication between teachers and local or regional clusters of multipliers

Latest articles

11 Dec 2023
Call for the ECML-EU joint action "Innovative methodologies and assessment in language learning" 2024 – open until 10 January 2024

11 Dec 2023
Final conference of the 6th medium-term programme 2020-2023 (13-14 December 2023, Graz, Austria & online)

12 Oct 2023
National Training Workshop “Using ICT in support of language teaching and learning (ICT-REV)” (21-22 September 2023, Nicosia, Cyprus)

28 Sep 2023
National training workshop "Using ICT in support of language teaching and learning (ICT-REV)" (6 – 7 July 2023, Zagreb, Croatia)

15 Jun 2023
Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning (Sulejówek, Poland, 23-24 May 2023)

Related ECML theme


Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

The ICT-REV project has developed an inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning. The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with sound pedagogical criteria in mind. These criteria have been developed by teachers for teachers and provide essential information so that you can select appropriate applications and use them with your learners. 

View inventory

ICT-REV Training and consultancy offer

Training and awareness-raising workshops

The ICT-REV 2-day workshops provide training for a maximum of 25 participants in the application of pedagogical principles in teaching languages with technology, and raise awareness about the need for self-training in the use of ICT.

Each national training event is specifically adapted and tailored to the needs of the particular country. Participants at these workshops are also specifically selected for their multiplier capacities.

Moodle workspace

Provision of a Moodle Workspace to support teachers and multipliers in advancing their training and communicating with other teachers and multipliers

Key reference tool 

ECML inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Provision of member state

The member state needs to nominate a local coordinator who will be in close contact with the team. This local coordinator will be responsible for helping the team draw up the initial individualised workshop programme, i.e. they must be aware of the needs on the ground. This person will also be in charge of organising the recruitment of workshop participants. Finally, the local coordinator will need to organise the workshop venue and ensure that it is in line with the requirements agreed with the expert team.

see also: Practical information

Request ECML training and consultancy activity for 2023

Trainings can be conducted in English, German or French.

Requests for a training and consultancy activity must be submitted via the national ECML representative in the Governing Board. Educational professionals interested in a particular activity should therefore contact their national representative. 

Find your national representative
Request form

Webinar "Take your language teaching online!"

Recorded 6, 8 and 11 May 2020.

Webinar in English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lt1gqzMBv0

Webinar in French: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrM13-eqonE

Webinar in German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCDi4Uh9MFE

View all webinars


ECML inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources
By Aline Germain-Rutherford
Video in English

Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning
By Milan Stanojevic
Video in English

ICT - REV - „Nutzung neuer Medien im Sprachenunterricht"
By Martina Emke
Video in German

This initiative is carried out within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission, entitled
Innovative Methodologies and Assessment in language learning