European Day of Languages 2020

28 Sep 2020, 10:00-12:00

Online

European Day of Languages 2020. Education begins with language

To celebrate the 2020 European Day of Languages, you are warmly invited to join us for an online conference from 10:00 until 12:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time). The event will be streamed live online in English and interpreted into French, German and Italian.

Watch the conference recording

Education begins with language’ is the title of a new European Commission report, which seeks to support the implementation of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union (EU) on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages. The report is based on research and a series of seminars produced by the Commission. 

Together, at the 2020 European Day of Languages, we will discuss

  • the role of language competences in the context of the European Education Area
  • how to boost foreign language learning
  • how to incorporate language diversity and support literacy in all languages in schools 

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will launch the discussion.

At 14:00 CEST, tune in again for the release of a new video celebrating 20 years of excellence in language teaching and learning projects awarded the European Language Label or co-funded through the Erasmus+ programme.

Education begins with language

Speakers

Isabelle Leguy

English language inspector, General Inspectorate of the French Ministry for Education, Sports and Research

Biography

Gisella Langé

General inspector for languages and advisor for curriculum development, Italian Ministry of Education

Biography

Christopher Textor

Director of the Department of General Education in the Ministry of Education, Hesse, Germany

Biography

François Staring

Researcher, Ecorys consultancy, London/Brussels

Biography

Michael Teutsch

Head of Unit 'Schools and multilingualism', European Commission

Biography

Isabelle Leguy

English language inspector, General Inspectorate of the French Ministry for Education, Sports and Research

Biography

Isabelle Leguy, PhD, works at the French General Inspectorate. She coordinates the team in charge of English language teaching and the action plan to improve foreign language learning. She also leads inquiries on the transition from secondary to higher education.

Isabelle has 27 years of experience teaching English in upper secondary school and higher education. Her particular areas of expertise are classroom interaction, CLIL teaching and learning and some aspects of higher education.

Gisella Langé

General inspector for languages and advisor for curriculum development, Italian Ministry of Education

Biography

Gisella Langéworks as Foreign Languages Inspector for the Italian Ministry of Education. She specialises in

  • curriculum development, intercultural education and web-based teacher training
  • innovative language learning practices through international project development

She is a member of the international CertiLingua Steering Committee and President of the Italian CertiLingua Evaluation Committee.

Christopher Textor

Director of the Department of General Education in the Ministry of Education, Hesse, Germany

Biography

Christopher Textor is Director of the Department of General Education in the Ministry of Education of the German land of Hesse.

His particular priority areas include the support for German as language of schooling, integration through school education and guidance.

François Staring

Researcher, Ecorys consultancy, London/Brussels

Biography

François Staring is a Senior Consultant in European education at Ecorys Europe. Based in Brussels, he specialises in research on language policy and multilingualism and has been working closely with the European Commission on this topic for many years.

Some of his recent collaborations are 'Education begins with language' and 'Migrants in European schools: learning and maintaining languages'‘.

Michael Teutsch

Head of Unit 'Schools and multilingualism', European Commission

Biography

Michael Teutsch is Head of Unit ‘Schools and multilingualism’ in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture. His team promotes language learning and teaching as a key element of the European Education Area through policy cooperation and the European flagship programme Erasmus+.

The Unit is also responsible for the digital education platforms eTwinning, School Education Gateway and EPALE.