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

DAY 2 Sign languages

ECML 25th Anniversary Conference  – Livestream Day 2 on 6 December 2019

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On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 December 2019 the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe will organise a high-level conference to celebrate its 25th anniversary (as well as the Council of Europe’s 70th anniversary) and reflect on the important contribution made by the Centre to the field of language education.  The event will also showcase the results of the ECML’s current programme - Languages at the heart of learning - and launch the next programme 2020-23 - Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences

The conference will combine plenary sessions more focused on key political challenges related to language education (day 1), with break-out sessions where particular aspects of language education will be examined in more detail, including the range of tools and capacity-building activities organised by the Centre to help bridge the gap between policy and practical implementation (day 2).  

Day 1, Thursday 5 December

Day 1 will take place at the prestigious Meerscheinschlössl. Through keynote speeches, panel discussions and interactive presentations, the role of quality language education in fostering a culture of democracy will be addressed - why it matters and what it looks like. There will be discussion of key policy developments such as the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation on protecting and promoting sign languages in Europe and the Council of the European Union’s Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages, as well as consideration of the ECML’s role as the interface between policy, research, teacher education and practice. 

Day 2, Friday 6 December

Participants can spend all of day 2 at the ECML, actively engaged in smaller group discussions. These will be organised broadly around the ECML’s nine thematic areas with the presentation of key outputs the current ECML programme, together with insights from the Centre’s range of Training and Consultancy activities.  There will be four parallel sessions, giving participants the opportunity to cover a number of key themes. The day will be topped and tailed with plenary sessions on dissemination, adaption and impact, drawing on successful examples from ECML member states. 

At various intervals over the two days a draft Conference Declaration will be discussed and feedback gathered. This will be presented in plenary towards the end of Day 2 and a final version published in early 2020. The aim of this Declaration is to highlight the key contribution of quality language education to democratic societies, and at the same time acknowledge the challenges that need to be addressed. As such the Declaration could pave the way for a Council of Europe Recommendation on Quality Language Education. 

The conference will close on a very personal note: the ECML’s long-standing expert consultant, Frank Heyworth, who has been closely involved with the Centre since its inception, will tell us his story of how the centre has evolved, what this involvement has meant to him. He will no doubt share his pearls of wisdom as to future directions for language policy and practice at the ECML and the wider Council of Europe.

25th ECML anniversary declaration: inviting contributions from all conference participants!

The ECML invites conference participants, including viewers following the livestream to comment on its draft anniversary declaration “QUALITY LANGUAGE EDUCATION FOR A DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIALLY COHESIVE EUROPE: NINE ECML CORNERSTONES”. 
This declaration aims to raise awareness of the political importance of language education and the need for sustained and strengthened support for its professionalisation across Europe. 
The declaration will be presented on Thursday, 5 December, 16.15-16.45 and it will be possible to post comments on it until midday on Friday, 6 December. 
 A summary of the feedback will be presented in the plenary session and over the livestream on Friday 6 December, 16.15-16.35. 
Please contribute to this important initiative and promote the opportunity to provide feedback on the declaration through your networks!

ONLINE POLL: https://ecml25anniversarydeclaration.questionpro.com

Livestream: https://www.ecml.at/conference19


Dedicated sign languages event on 6 December

A dedicated sign languages event taking place at the Meerscheinschlössl on 6 December will consider the implications of the Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation at the levels of policy, teacher education and classroom practice as well as key Council of Europe tools for sign languages: the 

CEFR Companion Volume and the ECML ProSign project outputs.  

Due to high demand for the event we regret that  no further registrations for this event can be accepted.