Key activity Languages - Multilateral networks
Objectives and description of the action
The Languages Key Activity supports Networks that will contribute to the development of language policies; promote language learning and linguistic diversity; support the exchange of information about innovative techniques and good practices, especially among decision-makers and key education professionals; adapt and disseminate products of former projects to potential end-users (public authorities, practitioners, business, language learners, etc.). All languages (notably European official languages and regional and minority languages, migrant languages and the languages of significant trading partners) may be targeted, provided that the proposed activities are relevant to European multilingualism policy, show a clear European added value and are additional to the work done at local, regional and national level.
Nevertheless, the Languages Key Activity devotes a significant part of its resources to encouraging the learning of European languages as foreign languages, in order to help European citizens to understand better each other’s cultures and outlooks, and to enable them to take advantage of the freedom to work or study in another Member State. To make better use of the ‘additionality’ of European intervention, and so as not to compete with what is already assured at national level by Member States, the Languages Key Activity focuses mainly on the teaching of a second or further language, notably less widely used and taught languages. Within the priorities announced in the General Call for Proposals, the following activities may be supported.
- Activities to facilitate and enhance European co-operation, such as exchanging information, training of project co-ordinators, promoting new projects, disseminating project results and good practice
- Activities to promote educational innovation and best practice in the thematic area concerned, e.g. comparative analyses, case studies, formulating recommendations and organising working groups, seminars or conferences
- Activities relating to project co-ordination and management
The examples of activities listed above are for guidance only. In principle, any network with the potential to achieve one or more of the objectives mentioned in the beginning of this fiche will be considered. As a minimum, each network will be expected to:
- Establish and maintain a good quality website to support information exchange and dissemination
- Produce an annual report on the state of innovation in its area of activity
- Inform the ‘players’ in the field of languages fully about the network’s events and activities
- Have a sound strategy for sustaining the Network after the co-financing by the EU has been terminated or substantially reduced
- Set in place appropriate mechanisms for internal assessment of progress and for quality assurance and dissemination of results
Networks may include funding for dissemination activities such as conferences and study visits by decision-makers and key education professionals.