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Vilnius Jesuit High School was recently appointed "Language Ambassador of the Year 2013" in Lithuania, and was awarded the European Language Label for promoting language learning and applying the European priority "multilingual classrooms ".
The selection was organised during the Multilingual Tournament "I speak, you speak – we communicate" in Lithuania – an event gathering students speaking no less than two non-native languages.
Vilnius Jesuit High School received the award based on its ability to act as ambassador of languages and innovation in language teaching.
Ms. Sofija Leckaitė is a student at the Vilnius Jesuit High School. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Lithuanian and says the best thing about learning foreign languages is getting to know new people.
"I have met so many wonderful people in my life. It does not matter that they live in other countries, languages lets us communicate".
Mr. Artūras Sederevičius SJ, headmaster of the school with over 600 students, says he always emphasises that languages open new opportunities, helps to get a deeper insight into other cultures, and give a broader view of the world.
Foreign language study and cultural openness is important at Vilnius Jesuit High School, and state-of-the-art learning tools are used in language teaching (English, German, Russian, French, and Spanish).
Languages are also part of other subjects; teachers and students are encouraged to participate in different international projects and events, including the EU-supported Comenius project with partner schools from ten different countries. Students from other countries are coming to the school and Lithuanian students go to study to Germany and other countries.
In November 2013 the school participated in the "Juvenes Translatores" - a translation contest organised by the European Commission which was an unforgettable experience. The school also organises different contests and events, for example a foreign language song contest.
(Photo: Students Vilnius Jesuit High School)