During the Covid pandemic of 2020-2021, language education, like all education, changed markedly as new ways had to be found to ensure that teaching and learning could continue.
Within the framework of a cooperation action with the European Commission, the ECML and the organisations that are members of its Professional Network Forum decided to organise a series of events to take stock of the challenges and opportunities that the pandemic presented for language education. The initial step was to compile and run an in-depth survey across ECML and EU member states. This took place in February 2021 and was completed by 1,735 professionals from 40 countries. The survey not only looked at how methodology, learning aims and assessment had been affected but also asked respondents to give details of the lessons learnt during the pandemic, the positive aspects of their experiences and what they considered to be the greatest challenges.