25th Anniversary Conference of the ECML

“Languages at the heart of learning: 25 years of inspiring innovation” (Graz, Austria, 5-6 December 2019)

On 5 and 6 December 2019 the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe organised 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 also showcased the results of the ECML’s current programme – Languages at the heart of learning – and launched the next programme 2020-23 – Inspiring innovation in language education: changing contexts, evolving competences.

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

A Conference Declaration with the dual aims of highlighting the key contribution of quality language education to democratic societies and acknowledging the challenges that need to be addressed was discussed at the conference, with a final version to be issued in early 2020. As such, the Declaration could pave the way for a Council of Europe Recommendation on Quality Language Education.

In total around 210 participants attended the conference and its dedicated sign languages event. Over 1,600 viewers also followed the event via livestream.

Dedicated conference web section (livestreamed videos, programme, presenters, photo gallery)

History of the ECML in pictures

Social media hashtags: #ECMLconference #25ECML #70coe

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FIPLV is supporting the following research – if you are involved in English language teaching, please find a small amount of time to complete the survey:

Global survey: how far does published research matter to you, and why (or why not)?

In conjunction with the British Council, Northumbria University (UK) has recently launched a survey for all English language teachers, teacher trainers and other ELT professionals:


To what extent do you read research about English language teaching and learning? What kind of publications do you read, how often do you read them, and to what extent does this influence what you do in the classroom?
Alternatively, perhaps you don’t read research or about research findings? If not, why not, and what, if anything, would make published research more accessible to you?

We are interested in the opinions and activities of ALL English language teachers, whether you read published research or not, whether you are particularly interested in research findings or not, and wherever in the world you teach English.

This is a great chance to make your voice heard. The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete, and all answers are anonymous. Findings will be published in a freely available report later in the year

The survey can be found online at:


Many thanks

Graham (Hall)

Associate Professor in TESOL/Applied Linguistics
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Exploring English Language Teaching: Language in Action (2nd edition, 2017)
Winner of the 2012 BAAL Book Prize

Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching (ed.)

Editor 2013-17, ELT Journal

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FIPLV Nordic-Baltic Region Electronic Newsletter 2019: 4

With enormous thanks to NBR President Sigurborg Jónsdóttir, Iceland and NBR Secretary Eglė Šleinotienė, Lithuania, please find here FIPLV NBR Electronic Newsletter 2020: 3: Newsletter 3-2020 Nordic-Baltic_Region

For past newsletters, please go to the FIPLV NBR page.

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Parution – Les Langues Modernes n° 1/2020 : Enjeux de la comparaison pour les didactiques des langues-cultures vivantes

L’équipe de rédaction des Langues Modernes a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication du numéro 1/2020 :

Enjeux de la comparaison pour les didactiques des langues-cultures vivantes

Ce numéro des Langues Modernes part du postulat que lorsque l’on aborde une réalité langagière, culturelle ou éducative étrangère, la tendance naturelle consiste bien, dans un premier temps, à comparer ; phase qui permet de repérer les différences et les similitudes entre diverses réalités et qui gagne ensuite « à être suivie d’une interprétation de ces différences à des fins de compréhension » du/des système(s).

Dossier coordonné par Fabrice Barthélémy
* Introduction : de l’intérêt des comparaisons en didactique(s) des langues vivantes étrangères et régionales, par Fabrice Barthélémy
* Dispositif d’immersion en primaire : discours d’enseignants et d’encadrants comparés, par Sophie Bailly, Anne Choffat-Durr, Véronique Lemoine-Bresson, Stéphanie Lerat et Latisha Mary
* Didactique du plurilinguisme et enseignement des langues vivantes étrangères en Allemagne et en France, par Michel Candelier et Anna Schröder-Sura
* Retours sur une recherche comparée en politique linguistique et didactique des langues, par Coraline Pradeau
* Texte littéraire en FLE pour adolescents : comparaison de démarches pédagogiques, par Anne-Claire Raimond
* Expliquer la complémentation verbale du français : démarches contrastives en FLE, par Edna Sánchez

Lire les résumés des articles.

Compte rendu du séminaire APLV « Médiation et traduction : quelles perspectives pour le lycée aujourd’hui ? », par Pascal Lenoir

Bien cordialement,

— Laure Peskine
Rédactrice en chef adjointe des Langues Modernes
Les Langues Modernes de 1903 à 2003 en accès libre sur Gallica

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News from MAPRYAL: Descendant of Leo Tolstoi to deliver a lecture in Stockholm

 March, 4, 2020

Vladimir Tolstoi, descendant of world renowned writer and philosopher Leo Tolstoi in March, 13, visits Stockholm and delivers a public lecture “Russian classic literature in a present-day world”.

Vladimir Tolstoi, a great-great-grandson of Leo Tolstoi, on March, 13 visits Stockholm. Essay writer, philanthropist, advisor to the President of Russia Vladimir Putin and newly-elected President of International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) participates in a series of academic events dedicated to multilingualism and foreign language study.

Lecture delivered by Vladimir Tolstoi serves as a starting point in the agenda of anniversary celebrations of Central Association of Russian Teachers of Sweden (CARTS), that takes place in the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sweden on March, 13. In his speech V.Tolstoi will focus attention on “eternal values” of the Russian literature and their reflection in a present-day Russia, activities of literary museums in Russia, including Literature and Art Festival “Garden of Geniuses” that he personally launched at museum-manor of Leo Tolstoi Yasnaya Polyana.

Meeting with Russian language teachers at the Russian Embassy in the afternoon will be followed by a round table discussion at Stockholm University, hosted in collaboration with MAPRYAL. Scholars from Sweden, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Norway, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Bulgaria, Spain, Romania will share views on modern theory of the Russian language description and ways of its application in the practice of teaching Russian to non-native and bilingual speakers. Vladimir Tolstoi enjoys a guest privilege at round table discussion. Both events on March, 13 are open to all teaching staff and students, as well as enthusiasts in the field of language study and linguistics.

The day’s program will be finalized in the evening at the Meeting of Presidium, which acts as the executive body of MAPRYAL and is held twice a year at different academic establishments. At the meeting representatives of national communities from 12 countries will introduce new projects, discuss agenda of the association, issues of enrollment of new members into MAPRYAL and bestowal of the Alexander Pushkin medal to the outstanding teachers of Russian.

To participate in the meetings with Vladimir Tolstoi in Stockholm, contact director of MAPRYAL administrative office Alexander Korotyshev, email a.korotyshev@mapryal.org or call +7 (812) 332-94-21

International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (MAPRYAL) is a non-governmental institution supporting academic research and public initiatives in the field of Russian language and literature, as well as Russian studies. Since its foundation in 1967, the Association comprises national communities of Russian language teachers, departments and faculties, language schools, publishing houses and individual scholars, developers of teaching methods from 72 countries. URL: www.mapryal.org



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New Issue Published: Profile Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1 (January-June, 2020), thanks to our FIPLV member, ASOCOPI in Colombia

Dear readers:

We gladly present to you the online version of the latest issue of Profile: Issues in Teachers’ Professional Development (Vol. 22 No. 1, January-June, 2020) which can be consulted at https://revistas.unal.edu.co/index.php/profile/issue/view/5303/showToc

We kindly invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our web site to read the articles in more detail. As always, we hope that you find the contents of this new issue interesting and useful for your professional practice.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work.

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When languages we learn…thanks to Francisco Gomes de Matos, our friend in Brazil

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Call for Proposals: Teaching Trends & Practices in EAP/ESP, University of Thessaly, Greece, 9-10 May 2020

The 1st International Conference on E.S.P. E.A.P. & Applied Linguistics of the University of Thessaly will be taking place at the Papastratos Seafront Complex in Volos, Greece on 9 – 10 May 2020.

Please see here for the Call for Proposals.

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Invitation to participate in global survey on wellbeing of secondary school language teachers

FIPLV is delighted to share with you this message from Dr Sarah Mercer, University of Graz. Please consider completing the short survey, aimed at teachers of all languages in secondary/high schools, as this is a much needed area of research that is dear to many teachers’ hearts:

Dear Language Teacher,

We need your help! We are working on a research project investigating the wellbeing of secondary school language teachers (ALL languages!) at different stages of their professional careers from pre-service through to retirement. We believe that teacher wellbeing is hugely important not only for the welfare of teachers but also for their capacity to teach to the best of their abilities. We also believe that not nearly enough attention is paid by researchers or authorities to this vitally important topic. We hope to change that and we need your help to try to make a difference. We would be very grateful if you could perhaps find 15 minutes to take part in our global online survey: https://tspsycap.wixsite.com/tspsycap/online-survey.
Your participation would be completely anonymous.

If you feel you can spare more time to perhaps help generate further detail to our understanding of global language teacher wellbeing, we will also be looking for volunteers to take part in a 45-minute interview (in person or via Skype) at a time that would suit you. You will be offered the chance at the end of the survey to volunteer for this but there is no obligation and the survey can be completed without this option.

For further Information about our project, please visit our website: https://tspsycap.wixsite.com/tspsycap.

Feel free to contact the project leader if you have any questions or concerns, Univ. -Prof. Dr. Sarah Mercer: sarah.mercer@uni-graz.at.

We would be very grateful for your help. Please do pass this on to any language teachers you know working at secondary level.

We look forward to learning from you and your colleagues.

Many thanks,

Sarah Mercer

On behalf of the FWF Research Team

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FIPLV International Award 2018 – final recipient

Prof. Jitka Radimská  (Kruh Moderních Filologů (KMF) – Czech Modern Language Association)

Jitka Radimská, a full professor at the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures of the Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, has devoted her long and successful professional career to promoting and developing Romance studies not only in her home region of South Bohemia but also at other partner universities both in the Czech Republic and abroad.

She started her professional life as a grammar school teacher of Czech and French in the town of Český Krumlov. After twenty years of experience in French language teaching (1971-1991), she became a recognized authority and continued her numerous activities in the academic sphere. She co-founded and for more than fifteen years directed the Institute of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of South Bohemia. She was also actively involved in founding a bilingual French-Czech grammar school in Tábor, the Czech association Gallica for university teachers of the French language, literature and methodology and she established the South-Bohemian branch of the Czech Modern Language Association (Kruh moderních filologů). In 1993, she was awarded with the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier de l´ordre des Palmes académiques), a French national order bestowed to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. In 2009 she was appointed as a professor in the theory and history of literature and decided to devote herself fully to her research and to supporting and mentoring new Ph.D. candidates and young researchers.

Professor Radimská has published a great number of articles and monographies including propaedeutical texts for university students and secondary school teachers (e.g. Anthology of French Literature or Lire et commenter). She founded two scientific journals (Écho des etudes romanes and Lingua viva), two editorial series of monographies (Acta Philologica Universitatis Bohemiae Meridionalis and Bibliotheca viva) and an internationally recognized compendium series (Opera romanica) which became important publication platforms in foreign language philology. What she personally values above academic publications is an original, playful and beautifully illustrated French language textbook for preschool children, Ma planète, which is still in use and shows that even languages which are considered to be difficult can be learnt by little children easily through games and fun activities.

Professor Radimská is appreciated for all her professional contributions to Czech Romance studies but also for her ability to support young researchers and to motivate and inspire all her colleagues and students to follow their own path.

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