Monday September 26th marks the 10th anniversary of the European Day of Languages (EDL). The European Year of Languages 2001 is jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union. Its activities celebrate linguistic diversity in Europe and promote language learning.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are to alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding; to promote the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered; to encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
This Powerpoint presentation gives a little background on the importance of learning and understanding languages and it also gives examples of phrases for pupils to learn in different languages.
Source: Maria Breen
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