The two networks were created with the aim of improving the design of language policies in Europe from two different and complementary perspectives: employability and regional competitiveness, on the one hand, and social inclusion, on the other.
The INCLUDE Network, created in 2013, operates in the field of language policy and practice for the active social inclusion of groups at risk of exclusion. INCLUDE offers its members a number of facilities for keeping up to date with developments in the field, for planning new initiatives, raising awareness and incorporating language learning for inclusion of groups at risk in local, regional, or national policies.
In 2014 INCLUDE will be open to new members. Organizations, institutions, language teachers, interpreters, policy-makers, policy consultants, migrants communities, and any other group or individuals interested in the theme of language learning for social inclusion are invited to join the Network.
LILAMA is a mutual learning platform for the exchange and dissemination of best practices contributing to the design and implementation of language policies oriented to labor market needs.
Pool of knowledge
At the present time, more than 60 good practices from all over Europe, USA, Australia, Canada and China are available at the Observatory of Best Practices. This pool of knowledge, together with the results of a study assessing the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for employability purposes, has contributed to the development of a multi-governance level, and adaptable, wide-ranging EU policy model for the design of language policies, which is now provided by the Network.
Both networks have been promoted by a group of EU organizations with various backgrounds, all of them involved in the language policy field.
A core group of partners are founding members of both Networks. These are