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Thursday 20 March

  Arrival of participants
14H00 - 15H00

Opening session
Chair: Ursula Newby, ECML Governing Board Member, Austria

- Martina Schröck, Deputy Mayor of the City of Graz
- Franz Majcen, First President of the Styrian Parliament

Setting the scene:

- Hanspeter Huber, Director General for International Affairs, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs

- Pierre Mairesse, Director, European Commission, DG, Education and Culture

- Snežana Samardžić-Marković, Director General of Democracy of the Council of Europe - Speech

15H00 – 15H20

Input lecture

Chair: Sarah Breslin, Executive Director, European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)

Henry Widdowson, Hon. Professor, University of Vienna, Emeritus Professor, University of London - PowerPoint Presentation - Speech

“Rethinking language education: a challenge to tradition”

15H20 - 16h00

Expert Panel Burning Issues in language education

Chair: Irena Mašková, Chair of the Governing Board, ECML

Peter Brown, Founder Chair EAQUALS  (Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services)

Jutta Gehrig,  Director Goethe-Institut, Budapest, representing EUNIC (European Union National Institutes for Culture)

Paula Mattila,  ECML Governing Board Member, Finland

16H00 - 16H30 Coffee break
16H30 - 18H30

“Townhall meeting”

Moderator: Mirjam Unger

3 panels of experts react to 3 short film clips based on the topics outlined below.  Audience participation and comment will be sought. 

Learning spaces and learner autonomy 

- Frank Heyworth, ECML Programme Consultant 

- Josef Huber, Programme Pestalozzi, COE, Strasbourg

- Ulrike Tischler, Architect

Using technology in the classroom 

- Işil Boy, Université Technique Yildiz, Istanbul

-       Sercan Akpolat, Technical University Graz

- Isabelle Ortiz, Freie Universität Berlin - Zentraleinrichtung Sprachenzentrum

- Jutta Pauschenwein, Université des Sciences Appliquées Joanneum, Graz

Plurilingual education  

- Richard Clément, Institute of Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI), University of Ottawa

-       Susanna Slivensky, Deputy Director, Head of the Programme, ECML

- Waldemar Martyniuk, Director, Language Centre, Jagiellonian University, Kraców

19H30 Reception offered by the Province of Styria and the City of Graz: Staterooms of the Graz Burg

Friday 21 March

09H30 - 09H50

Summary of the main points of the first day and questions to be raised the second day: 

Terry Lamb, Rapporteur, President of FIPLV (Fédération Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes)

09H50 - 10H35

“Language competences for 21st century – voices from society” (with discussion)

Moderator: Terry Lamb


- Martina Grötschnig, Head of Society and Generations, Department of Society and Diversity, Regional Government of Styria

- Video message from Brigitte Jank, Member of Parliament, Head of the Chamber of Commerce, Vienna

- Bernhard Posch, Head of AVL Academy

- Lea Renoldner, Representative, European Youth Forum

Johannes Theiner, Ambassador and former President of EPA

10H35 - 11H00 Coffee break
11H00 - 12H30

Developing and supporting language competences in the 21st century: the ECML – a powerful partnership model

Chair: Eva Engdell, ECML Governing Board member, Sweden

Moderator: Sarah Breslin, European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)

Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department, Directorate of Democratic Citizenship and Participation - Speech

- Peter Grabensberger, Head of Culture, Graz City Council

- Xavier North, Délégué General, French Ministry of Culture

- Bernd Rüschoff, Vice-President of International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), representing the ECML Professional Network Forum

12H30 - 13H00

Concluding remarks

Terry Lamb, Rapporteur

- Mukhtar Mammadov, Head of study abroad and international students’ affairs unit, Ministry of Education, Azerbaijan

- Irena Mašková, Chair of the Governing Board, ECML

Closing words by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs 



Departure of participants/Cultural programme