Day of Languages
European Day of Languages (Europäischer Tag der Sprachen)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 competences and the establishment [...]
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 the assessment measured reading, [...]
Languages in Secondary Education. An Overview of National Tests in Europe 2014/15. Eurydice Report.
#deutsch#Der Bericht bietet eine Übersicht zu nationalen Lernstandserhebungen für Fremdsprachen auf der Ebene des schulischen Sekundarbereichs.
Practical guides, institutions
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 mission: the implementation of [...]
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.
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).