Professional Network Forum meeting 2012
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Waldemar Martyniuk, ECML
Emyr Davies, ALTE
Peter Brown, EAQUALS
Marie José Hamel, OLBI
Bernd Rüschoff, AILA
Manuel Célio Conceicao, CEL/ELC
Rob Williams, ICC
Maurizzio Viezzi, CEL/ELC
Britta Hufeisen, IAM
Martin Gilbert , EUNIC
Philia Thalgott, Language Policy Unit, Council of Europe
Terry Lamb, FIPLV
Susanna Slivensky, ECML
Gudrun Erickson, EALTA
The INGO-Professional Network Forum, comprising 13 leading associations and institutions in language education and assessment, met at the ECML on 2 February to discuss ‘burning issues’ in international language education as identified by the membership of the Forum partners.
In the current challenging financial climate the influence of globalization and migration on education, the economic value of language skills and the impact of ICT on education were in particular highlighted as priority areas where the sharing of expertise and working on a common front could benefit the wider language education community.
The meeting also looked at future joint actions, enhancing the information flow among the members and making use of the dissemination and lobbying opportunities created through the Forum, with a potential worldwide outreach to millions in the language education profession.
The Professional Network Forum was established in 2010 as a platform for exchange for international associations and institutions working at grass-roots level to share their know-how and discuss professional development issues in the service of language education. The Graz Declaration, drafted as a result of the founding meeting, provides a the basis for the common activities and actions undertaken by the membership
Minutes of the meeting