NETWORKS IN IRELAND AND THE U.K.
Networks by countries
Culture and Language Institutions of Europe
- European Language Council
It is a permanent and independent association, created in 1997, whose main aim is the quantitative and qualitative improvement of knowledge of the languages and cultures of the European Union and beyond.
- European Network for the Promotion of Language Learning among all Undergraduates (ENLU)
Its main objective is to create a trans-European network of higher education institutions and other stakeholder organisations with a view to achieving a breakthrough in the area of “languages for all”.
- Lingu@net Europa
It is a multilingual, on-line resource centre for foreign language learning. It provides information about, and links to approved on-line resources from around the world relating to the learning and teaching of any modern foreign language.
- Austria: Kultur und Sprache (bm:bwk) - Österreichzentrum Skövde
Kultur und Sprache is a department of the Austrian ministry for education, science and culture (bm:bwk), which offers varied forms of cooperation within the field of German as a foreign language and Austrian culture studies.
- Austria: Österreichisches Kulturforum (ÖKF)
Austria supports a network of 29 Österreichische Kulturforen (ÖKF) worldwide in order to further Austrian culture and language in close cooperation with the host countries.
- Czech Republic: Ceské Centrum
The Czech Centres are an organization sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Czech Republic. Their mission is to develop a dialogue with public abroad and to assist in the creation of an image of the Czech Republic as a modern dynamic country.
- Czech Republic: Czech Language and Culture (Bohemica)
A private initiative, the mission of Bohemica.com is to provide as much information for the student of Czech language and culture as possible.
- Denmark: Det Danske Kultur Institut
The Danish Cultural Institute is an independent institution supported by the Danish government. Its objective is to promote Danish language and culture abroad. It is present in 10 countries.
- Finland: Centre for International Mobility (CIMO)
It is an organisation operating under the Finnish Ministry of Education, offers services and expertise to encourage cross cultural communication.Instruction in Finnish language and culture is offered by more than 100 universities in around 30 different countries in Europe, North America and Asia.
- Finland: Finnish Cultural and Academic Institute
Their aim is to promote Finnish culture, art and science in their target countries as widely as possible, especially among experts, and to promote cultural exchange and collaboration between Finland and the countries concerned, as well as research and education relating to their fields. There are 17 Finnish institutes.
- France: Alliance Francaise
Accredited by the French state, this institution aims at spreading French language and culture well beyond the borders of France.
- Germany: Goethe Institut
Goethe-Institut has built up a network of 142 institutes in 81 countries, which provide information on the culture, language and other general aspects of Germany.
- Hungary: Hungarian Cultural Institute
Links to the fourteen Collegium Hungaricum in Europe, which offer Hungarian courses in the respective countries.
- Italy: Istituto Dante Alighieri
Founded in 1923 and accredited by the Ministry of Education, its objetive is to promote the Italian language and culture in the world.
- Italy: Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Links to the 90 instituts worldwide provided by the Italian Ministry of External Affairs.
- Malta: Ghaqda tal-Kittieba Maltin (Maltese Institute)
- Portugal: Instituto Camões
It was created in 1992 to promote Portuguese culture and language abroad. It has centres in 40 countries all over the world.
- Slovenia: Centre for Slovene as a second/foreign language
It extends understanding of the Slovene language, literature and culture on an international scale. It also encourages international research in Slovene language and literature, organises professional and scientific conferences and develops the complete infrastructure for attaining, examining and certifying proficiency in Slovene as a second/foreign language.
- Spain: Instituto Cervantes
It is a public institution founded in 1991 to promote and teach the Spanish language as well as to promote the culture of Spain and the Spanish speaking countries throughout the world. It is the largest worldwide Spanish teaching organization, and has 66 branches in five continents.
- Sweden: Svenska institutet
The Swedish Institute (SI) is a public agency established to increase knowledge of and interest in Sweden worldwide. It also supports Swedish language instruction at foreign universities.
- United Kingdom: British Council
The UK's international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
- Modern Languages in Primary Education
Since 1998, this project aims primarily to foster positive attitudes towards language learning, to encourage communication in the four target languages; German, Italian, Spanish, French, and to encourage diversification in the range of languages taught.
- National Centre for Languages - CILT
Since 2003, it is the Government’s recognised centre of expertise on languages. The organisation’s mission is to promote a greater capability in languages amongst all sectors of the UK population.
- National Advisory Centre on Early Language Learning
It is a Department for Education and Skills Initiative to promote and develop the provision and quality of Modern Foreign Language learning in the Primary sector.
- Languages at work
It is the on-line information portal supporting a wide range of products designed to show the true value of languages in the workplace and beyond. It is also designed to help careers advisers, teachers and parents to provide guidance on the use of languages at work and at play.
- Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research
It is a national languages centre which was established in 1991 to provide information about languages for students and teachers, opinion formers and policy makers; to promote the learning and use of all languages of relevance to Scotland and to conduct research in support of the work of language teachers and other language professionals.
- Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research of Northern Ireland
It aims to provide information and research, resources, publications and training about languages for teachers and learners, lecturers and tutors, language inspectors and advisers, teacher trainers, researchers and students, head teachers, parents and governors, employers, business language trainers and libraries.
- National Centre for Languages of Wales – CILT-CYMRU
It is the national centre of expertise on language teaching and was established in 2002.
- BBC Languages
Provides online resources for learning, improving and checking language skills. Comproses a search function for courses of different levels in the United Kingdom as well as a news section in 33 languages.
- Welsh Language Board
The Welsh Language Board was established to promote and facilitate the use of Welsh. Find information on the Welsh language and links to learning facilites for Welsh.