to the European Day of Languages...
European Day of Languages which was established in 2001 to encourage
language learning across
Europe appears to gain in popularity from year to year.
With just one day to go until EDL 2014, there already some 500 events
in the Calendar of activities for the Day. All over Europe event
organizers have put a huge amount of creativity into planning their
activities. From ‘Readathons’,
speak dating, karaoke and rap contests to symposia on literary translation
and conferences on the future of language professionals, there is a huge
diversity in the events proposed as well as the languages
targeted. As well as events taking place in just about every European
country – the Day of Languages has reached as far afield as Canada, Egypt,
India, Uzbekistan and French Polynesia. The demand for materials this year
has also been quite overwhelming which suggests that we are heading for a
very popular day!
his statement to mark the 2014 European Day of Languages, Thorbjørn
Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, highlights "the
powerful role languages play in helping to build and maintain tolerant,
peaceful and inclusive societies”. He also underlines the importance of
challenging existing mindsets and embracing diversity to ensure that
“languages become the key to intercultural dialogue and mutual respect”,
rather than a source of misunderstanding (for
the full statement see here).
her statement, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education,
Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, describes languages as “…inseparable
from our cultural heritage and what makes us who we are.” She adds that
“the European Day of Languages is an opportunity for the public to
discover that languages are fun – and it's never too late to learn.
Multilingualism can open doors to job opportunities and new adventures.
Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training,
youth and sport, will enable four million people to study, train, teach or
volunteer abroad – and improved language skills are one of the big
the full statement see here).
dedicated Day of Languages website is now available in 28 languages – with
quite a few new
find out the European country names in International sign and then test
yourself to see if you remember them! http://edl.ecml.at/SLcountrygame
Day of Languages Photo contest 2014
The “Language learning in action” photo contest is now open for entries.
The contest is intended to illustrate language learning in action in
different environments. The competition is open to persons of all ages
living in all Council of Europe member states and observer states. The
European Centre for Modern Languages will use the best photos for
promotional purposes with the top three winners receiving prizes.
for this year’s most innovative event!
Visitors to the website can vote for what they regard as the most
innovative EDL event for 2014. This can be due to its creativity,
transferability or just because it truly represents the spirit of the
Day. There will be a small prize for the organizer of the event which
receives the most votes. Voting is simple - just click on the ‘thumbs
up’ icon beside your chosen event. Voting is now open for one month from
20 September – 20 October. The winner will be announced in
of Europe and European Commission events in
celebration of the Day:
Festival on the island in the River Mur
This year the European
Centre for Modern Languages is involved in organising a language
festival on the island in the River Mur. All age groups are invited to
the festival which offers a wide range of activities highlighting
the linguistic and cultural diversity of the city of Graz. The
event features a lively mix of international choirs and music groups,
theatre pieces, dancing, language workshops, language taster sessions,
games and quizzes, as well as a round table discussion. The event
involved some 1500 participants last year and, weather permitting, we
hope to even top that figure this time round.
Commission’s “Why languages matter” conference http://ec.europa.eu/languages/events/2014/2509-florence_en.htm
The European Commission’s European Day of Languages conference
"Why languages matter: European and national perspectives on
multilingualism" takes place at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, on
25-26 September. The event is organised under the auspices of the
Italian Presidency of the EU. It focuses in particular on policy
initiatives, mobility, the European dimension of language competence
development, innovation and technology in language teaching and
employment in the language industry. The conference is followed by the
European Federation of National Institutions for Language’s (EFNIL)
annual conference on 27-28 September.
addresses to resources on the EDL website