European Centre for Modern Languages

Language for work – a quick guide
How to help adult migrants develop work-related language skills

Successful integration of adult migrants depends to a considerable extent on two interconnected enablers, language skills and employment.
Migrants need language skills to find suitable employment and then progress at work. Employment can help migrants to develop their language skills. Migrants who arrive with the language skills and qualifications they need to secure quality employment may require little further support. For the many other migrants who arrive with limited language skills and no recognised qualifications, support to develop work-related language skills is crucial. 
This short resource offers guidance on how to provide that support.


The opinions expressed in this work are the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe.

The brochure originates from the ECML project 2016-2019 “Language for work – Tools for professional development” (original language: English). The translations originated with the permission of the Council of Europe and are published under the sole responsibility of the translators.


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Who is this guide for?

This guide is for professionals supporting the linguistic integration of adult migrants, including professionals working in the fields of

  • language learning for adult migrants
  • integration programmes for adult migrants
  • vocational education and training
  • adult education
  • human resources
  • labour market support services.