Conference videos

Opening session


Chair: Ursula Newby, ECML Governing Board Member, Austria

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 EuropeSpeech

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”

Expert panel



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

Townhall meeting


Moderator: Mirjam Unger


Film 1: Learning spaces and learner autonomy



Discussion on film 1



Frank Heyworth, ECML Programme Consultant 

Josef Huber, Programme Pestalozzi, COE, Strasbourg

Ulrike Tischler, Architect


Film 2: Using technology in the classroom



Discussion on film 2



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

Film 3: Plurilingual education



Discussion on film 3



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


“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

Bernhard Posch, Head of AVL Academy

Lea Renoldner, Representative, European Youth Forum

Johannes Theiner, former President of EPA

Developing and supporting language competences in the 21st century


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 - Speech

Robert Zinkanell, 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

Concluding remarks


Terry Lamb
, Moderator

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

Irena Mašková, Chair of the Governing Board, ECML

Muriel Warga - Fallenböck, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs