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ECML 25th Anniversary Conference
Languages at the heart of learning: 25 years of inspiring innovation 


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Round table

Languages at the heart of democratic societies: from policy to practice. The role of European cooperation in strengthening quality language education

 


Paul de Sinety

Since completing his graduate studies in classical literature, Paul de Sinety has held many different positions, including Director of the Book and Knowledge Department at Culturesfrance and then at the French Institute, Deputy Advisor for culture and cooperation at the French Embassy in Rabat / Morocco and Deputy Director General of the French Institute in Morocco (2013-2015). He was also General Commissioner for French at the Frankfurt International Book Fair (2015-2017). He was entrusted with a mission to improve the creation and dissemination of French-speaking artists in France (February 2018) before being appointed in November 2018, Delegate General for the French Language and the Languages of France on the proposal of the Minister of Culture.

 


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Martina Vuk

Martina Vuk was born in 1979. She has graduated in law. Immediately after graduation, she got a job at the then Ministry of Education and Sport in the Adult Education Sector, from 2006 to 2010 she was employed by the Ministry of Public Administration, where she participated in negotiations with public sector unions (especially in the field of social and education) and in the implementation of the new pay system. Between 2010 and 2014 she was employed by the Social Democrats Party and the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia as an expert associate of the parliamentary group, responsible primarily for work, family, social affairs, people with disabilities and health and human rights. After being the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities in two governments, she became the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in 2018. For 15 years she has been active in the youth scene, both in Slovenia and abroad. She was Vice President of the Youth Council of Slovenia. She has worked with various non-governmental organizations, notably on human rights and gender equality, and acted as a Council of Europe-certified human rights trainer. She started her political engagement at the end of high school, first in the Young Forum of the Social Democrats and then in the Social Democrats party, both locally and nationally. For the past three years, she has been the president of the SD Women’s Forum.

Kristina Cunningham

Kristina is currently the senior expert in charge of Multilingualism in the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission in Brussels. Before this, she worked as a translator for the European Commission and as a sales and marketing manager in the private sector. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration and modern languages from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France. 

Kristina's current work is focusing on the implementation of the EU Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning. Multilingualism is supported through EU funding programmes, enabling young people to study and work abroad, but also co-financing innovative projects and good practices aimed at promoting language skills. The European Commission's web site on language learning policy: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/multilingualism/about-multilingualism-policy_en


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Alfred Stingl

For nearly two decades (1985-2003), Alfred Stingl was mayor of Graz, Austria's second largest city. It was during his mandate that the city became a renowned university centre, a leading automotive cluster and a technology hub. His mandate was marked by the classification of the Old City of Graz as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1999), its designation as the first European city of human rights and European Capital of Culture in 2003. He was also one of the main initiators of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe in Graz.

Topic: Teacher and learner competences

A Guide to teacher competences for languages in education 

Presenter: Lukas Bleichenbacher 

Prof. Dr. Lukas Bleichenbacher is a Lecturer in English and Foreign Language Didactics Sek I, Co-Director and Research Assistant at the Institute for Specialised Didactics Languages. Special interest in Foreign language didactics and language policy, Language-relevant competences of teachers, Multilingualism, Interculturality and Identity. Since 2017 he is the Co-Head and Head of Research and Development at the Institute for Didactics Languages 

Action research communities for language teachers

Presenter: Christine Lechner 

Dr. Christine Lechner, B.A. Hons, her school and teaching experience includes: Since 2014 Coordinator PFL Course, English Since 2007 Professor at the Pädagogische Hochschule Tirol in training and further education (Team English Training, Bista Processing and Implementation, WS 2011-12 Reed VS) 1994 - 2007 Professor at the Pedagogical Academy of the Federation in Tyrol (1994-96) (co-use) practical support at Tyrolean secondary schools Since 2005 moderator of Tiroler Fremdsprachenwettbewerb, BMS English Since 2004 proseminar at the Leopold-Franzens-University; Since 2007 at IMoF, since 2012 at SoE  

Plurilingual and intercultural competences: descriptors and teaching materials (FREPA)

Presenter: Michel Candelier 

Michel Candelier is Professor Emeritus at the University of Le Mans (France) where he taught courses concerning the didactics of plurilingualism and language policies. He has coordinated a number of European projects, mainly at the ECML, on Language awareness / Awakening to languages (Evlang) and Pluralistic approaches to languages and cultures (CARAP). He is now investigating the factors at work in the dissemination of these approaches as well as didactic approaches to implementing a comprehensive view of language education. 

Presenter: Anna Schröder-Sura

Anna Schröder-Sura is lecturer and teacher trainer in the Didactics of Romance Languages at the University of Rostock (Rostock, Germany). Her research interests lie in plurilingual education, teacher competences, the promotion of language learning competence and language policies. She has participated in several research and training projects, in particular in the development of the Framework for Pluralistic Approaches to Languages and Cultures (FREPA/CARAP). 

Electronic European Language Portfolio: Working with an electronic European Language Portfolio for better language learning

Presenter: Bärbel Kühn 

Dr Bärbel Kühn, studied German language, German Literature and Political Science in Germany. 1999-2015 managing director of the language centre of the four public universities of the federal state of Bremen (Germany). Since 2009 chair of Sprachenrat Bremen, the Council of Languages of the federal state of Bremen, which has developed EPOS, the digital version of the European Language Portfolio (ELP). Since 2012 coordinator of the Training and consultancy activity (TaC) for member states of the European Centre of Modern Languages of the Council of Europe in Graz: Supporting local networks in using an electronic European Language Portfolio. Since March 2017 senior researcher at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Since April 2019 lecturer for German literature at the University of Bremen and the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/M. March 2011 National ordre of France: Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes académique. 

Using the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL)

Presenter: David Newby 

David Newby is a former associate professor of linguistics and language teaching methodology and research at the University of Graz, Austria. He has coordinated a number of ECML projects and is co-author of the European Portfolio for Student Teachers of Languages (EPOSTL). He is currently a consultant to the ECML. 

Topic: New media; quality assurance; language for work 

Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages

Presenter: Christian Ollivier

Research Themes

Approaches in language didactics
Didactics of plurilingualism → intercomprehension → epistemology, description and evaluation of intercomprehension competences
Digital and language teaching and learning → didactic approaches, tasks
ICT (digital literacy/citizenship) and language teaching and learning

CEFR-QualiMatrix: A quality assurance matrix for CEFR use

Presenter: Brian North 

Brian North has been a teacher, project coordinator, course director, development manager and researcher who has collaborated extensively with the Council of Europe. In his PhD thesis (The Development of a Common Framework Scale of Language Proficiency 2000: Peter Lang) he developed the levels and descriptors for the CEFR. He then co-authored the CEFR, the prototype European Language Portfolio, the Manual for relating examinations to the CEFR and Eaquals’ CEFR Core Inventories for English and French. He coordinated the 2013–18 Council of Europe project that produced the CEFR Companion Volume. His recent publications include: The CEFR in Practice (2014: Cambridge); Language Course Planning (with M. Angelova, E. Jarocsz & R. Rossner: 2018: Oxford), and The Action-oriented Approach (with E. Piccardo, 2019: Multilingual Matters). 

Language for work - Tools for professional development

                              Presenter: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti

Matilde Grünhage-Monetti is a former researcher in adult and continuing education at the German Institute for Adult Education, Bonn, Germany. She has coordinated three ECML projects on work-related second language development and is author of various publications on the issue. She is currently an independent trainer and consultant. 

Online technology Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning

Presenter: Pauline Ernest

Pauline Ernest is a former director of the Language Programme and coordinator of English language and literature courses at the Centre for Modern Languages at the Open University of Catalunya. She has participated in the ECML projects DOTS – Developing online teaching skills / MoreDOTS – Using open resources to develop online teaching skills and is currently a coordinator of the ECML’s ICT-REV Training and consultancy activity Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning. Her research interests include web-based language learning and teaching, and the training of language teachers in the use of ICT in their professional practice.

Online technology Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning

Presenter: Joseph Hopkins

Joseph Hopkins is the Director of the Centre for Modern Languages at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He is also a coordinator of the ECML Training and Consultancy activity ICT-REV – Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning, aimed at training language teachers in how to successfully implement technology in their teaching. His main areas of interest are web-based language teaching and learning, language teaching management, ICT training for language teachers, and computer-mediated communication. 

Topic: Plurilingual, intercultural and inclusive education 

Learning environments where modern languages flourish

Presenter: Jonas Erin

Jonas Erin, General Inspector at the Ministère de l'Éducation nationale in France is the project coordinator of the ECML project Learning environments where modern languages flourish

Inspiring language learning in the early years Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12

Presenter: Flore Schank

Flore Schank works in the department of primary education (Service de l'Enseignement fondamental) at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth in Luxembourg. Here she coordinates i.a. national and European projects in the field of language education, e.g. the conception and implementation of plurilingual and intercultural education in the pre-primary sector, the ECML project ILLEY (Inspiring language learning in the early years) and the INTERREG V project Sesam ‘Gr (keys for the future of young people in the Greater Region). Her current work also focusses on developing a common understanding of language learning across borders by identifying ideas and principles that are shared by actors from different contexts. Flore Schank will coordinate a project in the next ECML programme (PALING: Language pathways of young children – make early language learning visible). She also works as a teacher trainer in the national and European context.

Sign languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (PRO-Sign)

Presenter: Christian Rathmann 

Christian Rathmann is a German linguist and head of the Department of Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting at the Institute for Rehabilitation Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin. Previously he held a chair at the Department of Language, Literature and Media Studies I at the University of Hamburg. He is the first deaf professor in Germany and the successor of the founder of the Institute for German Sign Language, Siegmund Prillwitz. (wikipedia) 

Presenter: Lorraine Leeson 

Lorraine Leeson is professor in Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin. She was coordinator of the ECML’s PRO-Sign 1 project, Sign languages and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – Descriptors and approaches to assessment, and a member of the expert team on the PRO-Sign 2 project, Promoting excellence in sign language instruction

Quality education in Romani for Europe

Presenter: David Little 

David Little retired in 2008 as Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. He has been actively involved in the Council of Europe’s work on language education since the 1980s, with a particular focus on the European Language Portfolio, the linguistic integration of adult migrants, and the teaching/learning of Romani. Between 2004 and 2011 he coordinated two ECML projects on the ELP, and he currently coordinates the ECML’s QualiRom Training and consultancy.

A powerful partnership 

Kristina Cunningham

Kristina is currently the senior expert in charge of Multilingualism in the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission in Brussels. Before this, she worked as a translator for the European Commission and as a sales and marketing manager in the private sector. She holds a Master’s degree in business administration and modern languages from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a Certificate of Political Studies from the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris, France. 

Kristina's current work is focusing on the implementation of the EU Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language teaching and learning. Multilingualism is supported through EU funding programmes, enabling young people to study and work abroad, but also co-financing innovative projects and good practices aimed at promoting language skills. The European Commission's web site on language learning policy: http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/multilingualism/about-multilingualism-policy_en

Relating language curricula, tests and examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference (RELANG) 

Presenter: José Noijons 

José Noijons is the Coordinator for the RELANG team. His current employment includes (formerly) Cito, Dutch National Institute for Educational Measurement, Areas of expertise: Language Assessment, National Assessment (World Bank), International Assessment (PISA) 

Supporting multilingual classrooms

Presenter: Brigitte Gerber 

Affiliation with educational networks/associations EDiLic (Education et Diversité Linguistique et Culturelle) APLV (Association des professeurs de langues vivantes), GREX (Groupe de recherche en entretien d'explicitation), ASE (Antenne Suisse Explicitation) Her occupation is with the Institut de formation des enseignants, Forensec: Formation des enseignants du secondaire), University of Geneva She has obtained a Master in Arts (University of Geneva), CAES in English (teaching qualification for secondary schools) en anglais, RFP (qualification for teacher trainers), Complementary certificate in Education Science (University of Geneva) 

Presenter: Terry Lamb 

Terry Lamb is a former secondary school languages teacher and now Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Director of the Centre for Teaching Innovation at the University of Westminster, London. He has published extensively in the areas of learner autonomy, multilingualism and language teacher development, and is founder editor of the academic journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. He has carried out consultancies and presented keynote papers in many countries and been involved in numerous research projects, including several at the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz. Terry is former President of the UK Association for Language Learning and currently Vice President (and former President and Secretary General) of FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes), an NGO of both UNESCO and the Council of Europe. 

Topic: New media; language for work 

Digital literacy for the teaching and learning of languages

Presenter: Christian Ollivier

Research Themes Approaches in language didactics
Didactics of plurilingualism → intercomprehension → epistemology, description and evaluation of intercomprehension competences
Digital and language teaching and learning → didactic approaches, tasks
ICT (digital literacy/citizenship) and language teaching and learning

Language for work - Tools for professional development

Presenter: Matilde Grünhage-Monetti

Matilde Grünhage-Monetti is a former researcher in adult and continuing education at the German Institute for Adult Education, Bonn, Germany. She has coordinated three ECML projects on work-related second language development and is author of various publications on the issue. She is currently an independent trainer and consultant. 

Online technology Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning

Presenter: Pauline Ernest

Pauline Ernest is a former director of the Language Programme and coordinator of English language and literature courses at the Centre for Modern Languages at the Open University of Catalunya. She has participated in the ECML projects DOTS – Developing online teaching skills / MoreDOTS – Using open resources to develop online teaching skills and is currently a coordinator of the ECML’s ICT-REV Training and consultancy activity Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning. Her research interests include web-based language learning and teaching, and the training of language teachers in the use of ICT in their professional practice.

Online technology Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning

Presenter: Joseph Hopkins

Joseph Hopkins is the Director of the Centre for Modern Languages at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. He is also a coordinator of the ECML Training and consultancy activity ICT-REV – Use of ICT in support of language teaching and learning, aimed at training language teachers in how to successfully implement technology in their teaching. His main areas of interest are web-based language teaching and learning, language teaching management, ICT training for language teachers, and computer-mediated communication. 

Topic: Plurilingual and intercultural education 

Learning environments where modern languages flourish

Presenter: Jonas Erin

Jonas Erin, General Inspector at the Ministère de l'Éducation nationale in France is the project coordinator of the ECML project Learning environments where modern languages flourish

Inspiring language learning in the early years Why it matters and what it looks like for children age 3-12

Presenter: Flore Schank

Flore Schank works in the department of primary education (Service de l'Enseignement fondamental) at the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth in Luxembourg. Here she coordinates i.a. national and European projects in the field of language education, e.g. the conception and implementation of plurilingual and intercultural education in the pre-primary sector, the ECML project ILLEY (Inspiring language learning in the early years) and the INTERREG V project Sesam ‘Gr (keys for the future of young people in the Greater Region). Her current work also focusses on developing a common understanding of language learning across borders by identifying ideas and principles that are shared by actors from different contexts. Flore Schank will coordinate a project in the next ECML programme (PALING: Language pathways of young children – make early language learning visible). She also works as a teacher trainer in the national and European context.

Supporting multilingual classrooms

Presenter: Brigitte Gerber 

Affiliation with educational networks/associations EDiLic (Education et Diversité Linguistique et Culturelle) APLV (Association des professeurs de langues vivantes), GREX (Groupe de recherche en entretien d'explicitation), ASE (Antenne Suisse Explicitation) Her occupation is with the Institut de formation des enseignants, Forensec: Formation des enseignants du secondaire), University of Geneva She has obtained a Master in Arts (University of Geneva), CAES in English (teaching qualification for secondary schools) en anglais, RFP (qualification for teacher trainers), Complementary certificate in Education Science (University of Geneva) 

Presenter: Terry Lamb 

Terry Lamb is a former secondary school languages teacher and now Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Director of the Centre for Teaching Innovation at the University of Westminster, London. He has published extensively in the areas of learner autonomy, multilingualism and language teacher development, and is founder editor of the academic journal Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching. He has carried out consultancies and presented keynote papers in many countries and been involved in numerous research projects, including several at the European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz. Terry is former President of the UK Association for Language Learning and currently Vice President (and former President and Secretary General) of FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes), an NGO of both UNESCO and the Council of Europe. 

Plurilingual and intercultural learning through mobility (PluriMobil)

Presenter: Mirjam Egli Cuenat

Prof. Dr. Mirjam Egli Cuenat is the Head of the Chair of French Didactics and its Disciplines at Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz since September 2016. From 2014-2016 she was the Head of Research Department of the Institute of Didactics Languages of the Pedagogical University St. Gallen and since 2008 she has been the expert for the Council of Europe (Unité des politiques linguistiques, Strasbourg and European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz). Since 2013 she is working with the Habilitation project (University of Basel).Her thematic interests and focal points include: Multilingualism and foreign language learning (in particular multilingual literacy); French as a foreign language, foreign language didactics, multilingual didactics; School mobility and interculturality; Professional language training for foreign language teachers and Curricula and language policy.

Topic: Language of schooling; language in subjects

A roadmap for schools to support the language(s) of schooling

Presenter: Rebecca Dahm

Rebecca Dahm currently works at the teacher training centre INSPE Toulouse Occitanie Pyrénées and belongs to the research lab Cognition, Langues, Langage, Ergonomie (CLLE), University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France. Rebecca is an associate professor interested in Language Learning and Didactics. She is the coordinator of the ECML (Council of Europe) project entitled A roadmap for schools to support the language(s) of schooling

Developing language awareness in subject classes

Presenter: Marita Härmäla

Marita Härmälä currently works at The Finnish Education Evaluation Centre in Helsinki. Marita does research in Educational Assessment, Language Education and Vocational Education. The project Evaluating the Finnish 7th graders' learning outcomes in English has attained its first phase. The project will continue in 2021 when the same students are evaluated at the end of compulsory basic education. 

Content and Language Integrated Learning A pluriliteracies approach to teaching for learning

Presenter: Kevin Schuck (Penta College CSG Jacob van Liesveldt, Holland)

  Kevin’s teaching career has spanned over 40 years and has found locations in the United States, Asia and Europe and has included working in primary, secondary and vocational education. He has experience teaching in Montessori, IB, state private and public education. This includes specific subjects i.e. English, Physical education, Biology, Science for Public Understanding, International and Intercultural perspectives, English as a second language and the International Baccalaureate Language courses. Since 2003, Kevin has organised and lead teacher training programmes and held workshops for both the European Platform in CLIL as well as courses for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program. Since 2002, Kevin is Head IB teacher and co-coordinator IB/bilingual education and CLIL Curriculum coordinator. Kevin is also an original member of the Graz group.