The European Day of Languages

Council of Europe

What?

The European Day of Languages is celebrated annually since 2001 on the initiative of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The day originates from the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001. At the time it managed to involve millions of people across 45 countries participating in activities celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe and foreign language learning.

The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:

  • To make the public aware of the importance of language learning and increase the range of offered languages , in order to increase multilingualism and intercultural understanding.
  • To promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe, which must be preserved and strengthened.
  • To encourage lifelong language learning both inside and outside the education system, whether for study or work purposes, related to mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.

Who?

Anyone who wants to celebrate Europe's linguistic diversity, is welcome to participate in the European Day of Languages.

The Council of Europe hopes that this day will be celebrated by both Member State authorities and potential partners among decision-makers, the public and voluntary sectors.

On the website of the European Day of Languages is a calendar of planned events that you can participate in. Everyone is welcome to organise an event.

How?

There are many opportunities to become part of the European Day of Languages, and here are just some examples of how the Day can be marked:

  • Pupils and students can try games and quizzes online to get a taste of the various languages in Europe.
  • Teachers can use the day as an opportunity to introduce students to other cultures, traditions and languages than those that are usually taught at school.
  • Associations can arrange language cafés with specialties from other countries or a movie night where films are shown in different languages.

The possibilities are many - but remember to register your event in the calendar.

If you are planning your own event, you can receive marketing material. First you need to register your event in the event calendar and then turn to the ECML Contact Point Denmark. On the European Day of Languages website you can see the available marketing material.

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Revised 22.05.2017