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At the end of 2006, the Lingua Action was replaced by the Languages Key Activity in the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013.    

Lingua aimed to encourage linguistic diversity throughout Europe and contribute to an improvement in the quality of language teaching and lifelong learning. It comprised two sub-actions - Lingua 1 and Lingua 2.

Lingua 1 had three principal objectives:

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  1. to raise awareness and promote language learning among European citizens, particularly non-traditional language learners
  2. to improve access to language learning resources and increase the support available for those learning languages
  3. to promote the dissemination of information about innovative techniques and good practices in foreign language teaching, particularly among decision-makers and key education professionals

Lingua 2 aimed to facilitate the teaching of languages that are less widely used and taught, by ensuring the availability of tools and innovative educational approaches in these languages.


Lingua in action

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Between 2000 and 2006, Lingua funded the development of a rich variety of products for language teachers and learners.

In addition to traditional textbooks, these included:

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  1. language-learning websites on the Internet
  2. video learning tools
  3. audio CDs and DVDs
  4. multimedia learning kits combining different types of products

In addition to products, Lingua also helped language learners access important resources, including language clubs and teachers.

Lingua Products provides links to innovative ideas and methodologies developed by Lingua projects.

The Lingua Community newsletter (2003-2005) provided regular updates on progress in Lingua projects and other EU-funded language projects. It has been replaced by the Lingua Forum, a message board and discussion forum for those involved in European language projects. The Lingua Forum is open to anyone with an interest in the field of languages who wishes to announce new initiatives, project results, events, etc.

The Lingua Compendia include details about Lingua projects funded between 2000 and 2006.