Education and Languages, Language Policy

Intergovernmental Conference

Quality and inclusion in education :
the unique role of languages

Strasbourg, 18-19 September 2013
Palais de l’Europe, Room 9


including presentations

Wednesday 18 September 2013

08.30 – 09.00


Chair :
Johanna Panthier
Language Policy Unit
09.00 – 9.45

OFFICIAL OPENING – Council of Europe
Policy priorities of the Council of Europe and the role of educationSnežana Samardžić-Marković, Director general of DG II
Education policies and social inclusion – Elisabet Dahle, State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research of Norway

9.45 – 10.45

European Perspectives :
The specific role of the Council of Europe in the education fieldÓlöf Ólafsdóttir, Director of Democratic citizenship and Participation
The European Commission’s language policy in the 2020 agenda Pierre Mairesse, Director, EAC.A, Europe 2020: Development of policy and analysis by country

Introduction to the conference : objectives, main themes and working methods – General Rapporteur – Francis Goullier


Coffee break

Chair :
Eike Thürmann
11.15 – 11.45

The role of languages in learning school subjects and their specific contributions to quality education
Introduction : Eike Thürmann

11.45 – 13.00

Introduction to group work

13.00 – 14.30


14.30 – 16.00

Group work:
Short presentations on the use of procedures for defining the language aspects in specific subjects, and exchanges on national initiatives and projects concerning the language dimension in subject teaching:

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee break

16.30 – 17.10

Pooling the results of the group work

17.10 – 17.30

Initial teacher training in Luxembourg: Sensitising subject student teachers for language issues and cultural perspectives – Marie-Anne Hansen

Thursday 19 September 2013

Chair :
Mike Fleming
09.00 – 09.30

Convergences between languages (as subjects) as a contribution to quality education
Introduction– Mike Fleming

09.30 – 10.30

- Using languages of origin as a basis for learning the language of schooling in a multilingual contextNathalie Auger
- The mutual contributions of regional and national languages as languages of schooling in bilingual educational contexts - Pierre Escudé
- Using the language of schooling as a basis for learning a foreign language
Mirjam Egli
(text available in French only)

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30

Group work:
Exchanges on national initiatives and projects concerning convergences between different categories of languages



14.00 – 14.40

Pooling the results of the group work

Chair :
Joseph Sheils

14.40 – 15.00

Quality and inclusion in education in the ECML programme - Waldemar Martyniuk, Executive Director, ECML

15.00 – 17.00

Towards inclusive quality education
Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)13 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on ensuring quality education - Etienne Gilliard, member of the Bureau of the Steering Committee for educational policies and practice (CDPPE)

Round table: Language education as a contribution to quality education.

With the participation of: Jean-Claude Beacco, Mike Byram, Marisa Cavalli and Eike Thürmann

The conclusions of the conferenceFrancis Goullier, General Rapporteur
Perspectives - Johanna Panthier, Language Policy Unit

17.00 – 18.00

Farewell drink