Dear colleagues,
In preparation for the conference “Quality education and language competences for 21st  century society: traditions, challenges and visions”, on 20 -21 March, the European Centre for Modern Languages has launched a blog to get your views as language professionals on 3 topical issues in education:

  • Learning spaces and learner autonomy – what role can the physical structure of the classroom play in influencing and motivating learning? Does it play a role in fostering learner autonomy? What are the key factors contributing to the development of learner autonomy?
  • Using technology in the classroom – how is the fast-moving world of technology changing the learning environment and to what extent can the teaching profession harness it as a force for improving language competences?
  • Plurilingual education – with recent demographic changes dramatically altering the composition of schools  ­ how can we best adapt our approaches to meet the needs of today¹s linguistically and culturally diverse classrooms?

We would greatly value your ideas and comments on these themes where opinions among  the different stakeholders in education can vary widely. The input from the  blog  (  will feed into a major conference which is organised under Austria’s presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The event offers a unique opportunity for dialogue at an international level between language professionals, representatives of national educational administrations, civil society and international organisations and policy-makers.
You are very welcome to participate in the event in Graz – either physically (by registering on a self-financing basis) or virtually, as the whole programme will be video streamed live via the ECML website –  livestream page
For further details on the event and how to get involved, please visit our website:

We look forward to you joining us!
Best wishes
Sarah Breslin