Maria Teresa Zanola
President of the Conseil Européen pour les Langues/European Language Council (CEL/ELC). Full Professor, French Language and Translation, Department of Language Sciences and Foreign Literatures, Università Cattolica, Milan. President of the University Language Service Committee. President of the Panlatin Network of Terminology – Realiter. Former President of the Italian Association for Terminology Ass.I.Term (2010-2016).
Since October 2013, Sarah Breslin has been the Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages, an institution of the Council of Europe, based in Graz, Austria. A passionate linguist with a thorough understanding of both policy and practice in language education and general education, Sarah has worked in a range of sectors and countries since she graduated with first class Honours in French and German from the University of Glasgow in 1986. After training to become a language teacher, Sarah worked for 15 years in Catalonia as an EFL teacher and became the first Director of Studies and then Director of a prestigious language school in Tarragona. She then moved into Higher Education, where she was Head of Modern Languages in the Faculty of Tourism and teacher of English and German.
On returning to the UK, she worked for 4 years in further education, teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Spanish, before becoming Head of International and EU programmes. Before taking up post as Director at SCILT, Scotland’s National Centre for Languages at the University of Strathclyde, Sarah worked for the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) where her focus was on education policy both at UK and EU level, as well as cross-border qualification recognition. Sarah recently achieved her Doctorate degree focusing on the contribution of the ECML to the professional growth of language teacher educators.
Anne Chateau has worked in a university context in France for 30 years and has been in charge of several responsibilities, such as ‘Head of the Language Department’ at the Science Faculty, and then coordinator of the language policy for the scientific university of Nancy (from 1998 to 2003). She then became the director of Nancy 2 university self-access center in 2009, and when the 4 universities of Lorraine merged to become the University of Lorraine, was elected Director of the ‘UFR Lansad’ (Unité de Formations et de Recherche - LANgues pour Spécialistes d’Autres Disciplines) in 2014. She holds a PhD in the didactics of English for specific purposes. Learners’ autonomy being one of the major paradigms in language learning, and self-access centers (SACs) one of the privileged places where the autonomy of the learners can be developed, her research work has focused on that area for a long time. She has been CercleS Secretary General since November 2019.
Sabina Schaffner has been the Director of the UZH and ETH Zurich Language Center since 2005. She holds a Teaching Diploma for French and Russian, a doctorate in Russian Literature, and a Master’s degree in Coaching and Organisational Development. From 2008 until 2018, Sabina was (co-)president of the Association of Language Centres at Swiss Higher Education Institutions SSH-CHES and is a member of the Swiss professional association of coaches BSO. Since November 2019, she has been President of CercleS. Along with her managerial job at the Language Center, Sabina has worked as a coach and trainer in higher education for organisational development, leadership, and management.
Abstract: CORONA EXPERIENCE: THE WAYS FORWARD
This keynote panel focuses on political aspects of the distance and dual/hybrid mode language teaching and learning at universities and language-focused institutions. Since didactic aspects of distance and dual/hybrid modes of teaching and learning will be actively discussed in workshops or during presentations, the panelists from European institutions will address the issues of the political implications for language Centres and for institutions involved in language teaching and learning in general, and in Higher Education in particular.