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European Day of Languages

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26th September - the European Day of Languages

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Following the success of the European Year of Languages 2001 in general, and the first European Day of Languages in particular, September 26th has been chosen to ensure that language issues have a focal point every year.

The European Day of Languages aims to draw the public's attention to the importance of language learning, raise awareness of all the languages spoken in Europe and encourage lifelong language learning.

Everyone can contribute to the success of the day.

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  1. The first and best way is by beginning to learn a new foreign language or improving your existing knowledge!
  2. Take part in events and activities taking place in your country or region.
  3. Get together with other people nearby or in other countries to organise your own activities.
  4. Language teachers and trainers can use the European Day to help them motivate learners and to tell people about their work and about the importance of learning languages. They can also learn about the work of others in the field.
  5. Language schools and language departments can organise open days and mini courses to publicise their facilities and to arouse public interest.
  6. Journalists and broadcasters can cover activities during the European Day and contribute to the debates inspired by the Day.
  7. Political decision makers can launch and respond to debate on language issues. They can also cooperate across borders, using for example town twinning arrangements.
  8. Non-Governmental Organisations can use the European Year to organise activities and to encourage debate on questions of language learning and policy.

On the European Day of Languages all sorts of activities are organised: competitions, festivals, TV and radio programmes, open days in language learning centres, language taster classes or mini courses, conferences, seminars and publications.

There is no specific programme for the European Day of Languages. However existing partnerships may wish to integrate an EDL activity into projects that are financed under the Lifelong Learning Programme.