at, say, recognition rather than recall skills. Giving formal recognition to such abilities will help to promote plurilingualism through the learning of a wider variety of European languages.
1.2The aims and objectives of Council of Europe language policy
CEF serves the overall aim of the Council of Europe as deﬁned in Recommendations R (82)18 and R (98) 6 of the Committee of Ministers: ‘to achieve greater unity among itsmembers’ and to pursue this aim ‘by the adoption of common action in the cultural ﬁeld’.
The work of the Council for Cultural Co-operation of the Council of Europe with regardto modern languages, organised since its foundation in a series of medium-term projects,has derived its coherence and continuity from adherence to three basic principles setdown in the preamble to Recommendation R (82) 18 of the Committee of Ministers of theCouncil of Europe:•that the rich heritage of diverse languages and cultures in Europe is a valu-able common resource to be protected and developed, and that a major edu-cational effort is needed to convert that diversity from a barrier tocommunication into a source of mutual enrichment and understanding;•that it is only through a better knowledge of European modern languagesthat it will be possible to facilitate communication and interaction amongEuropeans of different mother tongues in order to promote European mobil-ity, mutual understanding and co-operation, and overcome prejudice and dis-crimination;•that member states, when adopting or developing national policies in theﬁeld of modern language learning and teaching, may achieve greater conver-gence at the European level by means of appropriate arrangements forongoing co-operation and co-ordination of policies.In the pursuit of these principles, the Committee of Ministers called upon membergovernments(F14) To promote the national and international collaboration of governmentaland non-governmental institutions engaged in the development of methods of teaching and evaluation in the ﬁeld of modern language learning and in the pro-duction and use of materials, including institutions engaged in the productionand use of multi-media materials.(F17) To take such steps as are necessary to complete the establishment of an effec-tive European system of information exchange covering all aspects of languagelearning, teaching and research, and making full use of information technology.
Consequently, the activities of the CDCC (Council for Cultural Co-operation), itsCommittee for Education and its Modern Languages Section, have been concerned toencourage, support and co-ordinate the efforts of member governments and non-governmental institutions to improve language learning in accordance with these funda-
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment