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European Day of Languages - Perspectives on Multilingualism

In the European Union,multilingualism is a legal principle, and in 2008 the member states formulated the target that people should speak at least two more languages besides their first one.

This site focuses on the international context of language policy and multilingualism, while you can find German language resources regarding bilingual education in German in our subject areas (e.g. Early Childhood Education and Care, and Primary and Secondary Education).

Day of Languages

European Day of Languages (Europäischer Tag der Sprachen)
26. September


The website presents information regarding language policies in Europe and the European Day of Languages (September 26), including self-tests. and information on general and vocational education in the EU. 

International Mother Language Day


On February 21, UNESCO commemorates International Mother Language Day to create awareness of endangered languages and the role languages play in citizenship education and in the preservation of cultural heritage. Education in native languages is essential, as well as the acceptance of multilingualism ina globalized world. 

Celebrate the European Day of Languages 2016


The website focuses on a list of events and background information concerning the EU language policy, which officially encorporates 24 languages. 

Background and research

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment


The Council of Europe presented the Common Reference Framework for Languages in 2001 to provide for a transpraent system of comparing language competence levels across languages, it is now available in 40 languages. 

An introduction to the current European context in language teaching


A concise English language introduction to language policy in the European Union, including the Common Framework of Reference for Languages and the European Language Portfolio. 

Multilingualism - Languages without borders


Dossier by the Goethe Institute on multilingualism in early childhood, in education, in the arts, science, politics. 

Research Cluster on Language Education and Multilingualism


Due to factors such as globalisation, the increase in migration and mobility, and dynamic changes in the media, encounters with multilingualism are a part of everyday life for many people. The ability to communicate in several languages is increasingly important for personal and professional participation in society. For this reason, the individual facilitation of multilingual [...] 

First European Survey on Language Competences – Final Report


The final report was published on June 21, 2012. The European Survey on Language Competences is a major initiative by the European Commission to support the development of language learning policies across Europe. The survey was carried out in spring 2011 and provides comparable data about foreign language competences across 14 European countries. In each participating country [...] 

Languages in Secondary Education. An Overview of National Tests in Europe 2014/15. Eurydice Report.   

http://edudoc.ch/record/119750/files/EC0115598ENN_002.pdf; http://dx.doi.org/10.2797/364184

Der Bericht bietet eine Übersicht zu nationalen Lernstandserhebungen für Fremdsprachen auf der Ebene des schulischen Sekundarbereichs.

Languages in Education (UNESCO)


The protection of cultural and linguistic diversity constitutes a major objective in the educational policy of theUNESCO. The website provides information and links to related documents, events, programmes regarding language policy, multilingualism in education. 

Practical guides, institutions

European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)   


The European Centre for Modern Languages was set up in Graz (Austria) under an enlarged Partial Agreement, initially for three years (1994-1997). This period has been extended until December 2002. At present 34 states are members of the ECML. Within the framework of cultural co-operation and respecting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe, the Centre has as its [...]

Brochures on bilingualism - for educators and parents


The Centre for General Linguistics, a non-university organisation in Berlin offers a number of brochures with information for parents, educators and the public focusing on bilingualism which can be downloaded in English, German, and Turkish. They focus on practical aspects, e.g. speaking two languages in the family, and children with speech impairments. 

Verein für frühe Mehrsprachigkeit an Kindertageseinrichtungen und Schulen e.V. (FMKS e.V.) / Association for early multilingualism in day nurseries and schools, reg. soc..


The society provides information and counselling on various aspects of early bilingual learning, including a list of addresses (bilingual preschools and schools, by school type, for European languages, day care facilities with bilingual approaches). 




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