The 2nd ECML Summer Academy, held from 3rd to 7th July 2023, successfully brought together 29 participants representing 28 ECML and EU member states.
Over the course of five enriching days, language teacher educators with very diverse professional and linguistic backgrounds, engaged in a dynamic programme focusing on the latest developments in language education, with the overall aim of fostering professional growth and transnational cooperation. Through interactive discussions, lectures and group work, they explored innovative resources for language professionals, as well as key language policy instruments, such as the 2022 Council of Europe Recommendation on the importance of plurilingual and intercultural education for democratic culture.
The programme also included an afternoon at Graz University, where the Chair of the Austrian Association of the ECML, Professor Hermine Penz, had kindly organized a stimulating session on the role of Artificial Intelligence in language education with input from both a researcher and from a language teacher educator/practising teacher.
The programme also featured several cultural elements such as a guided walking tour of the beautiful city of Graz and a wonderful evening in the southern Styrian vineyards.
For more information about the academy, please visit www.ecml.at/summeracademy