This part of the website of the Directorate General for Education and Culture has undergone a complete overhaul. Its new look provides a more user-friendly approach to the subject of languages. Browse through it to find out more about the languages of Europe, discover new ways to learn languages or pick up some new language-teaching tips.
For the moment the new-look website is available in English only. The French and German versions will be added shortly. The versions in all the other official EU languages will be published just as soon as the translations are ready.
This website gives an overview of what the EU is doing to promote language learning and linguistic diversity in Europe. Whether you are a language teacher looking for fresh ideas or are just keen to learn another language, there is something here for everyone. It contains the latest news on language issues and announcements of recent and forthcoming events. You can find information about the different languages of Europe, including some statistics, as well as links to EU funding opportunities in the area of languages.
"At a glance
" provides you a general introduction into the EU's activities to raise the profile of multilingualism.
The EU Language Policy
section of this website describes the milestones reached in the development of an EU language strategy. As knowledge of other languages is the basic building block behind the European Union's efforts to develop quality education, promote mobility and inter-cultural dialogue, as well as to boost trade, the aim is for EU citizens to speak at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue.
The section dedicated to Languages in the Lifelong Learning Programme
highlights the different ways in which the Programme promotes language learning and linguistic diversity. It also provides some useful information for those who are searching for funding opportunities for their language projects.
The "Focus on
" section looks at the growing importance of language skills for European business.
If you are looking for inspiration for ways to motivate language learners or develop new teaching methods, just check out past project examples in the "Sharing experience
And then, follow the Links section which will lead you to a goldmine of information for language enthusiasts.
The previous version of EAC's languages site
is still available by clicking on the archives button in the horizontal navigation at the bottom of all pages