28 Sep 2020, 10:00-12:00


European Day of Languages 2020. Education begins with language

To celebrate the 2020 European Day of Languages, you are warmly invited to join us for an online conference from 10:00 until 12:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time). The event will be streamed live online in English and interpreted into French, German and Italian.

Watch the conference recording

Education begins with language’ is the title of a new European Commission report, which seeks to support the implementation of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union (EU) on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages. The report is based on research and a series of seminars produced by the Commission. 

Together, at the 2020 European Day of Languages, we will discuss

  • the role of language competences in the context of the European Education Area
  • how to boost foreign language learning
  • how to incorporate language diversity and support literacy in all languages in schools 

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will launch the discussion.

At 14:00 CEST, tune in again for the release of a new video celebrating 20 years of excellence in language teaching and learning projects awarded the European Language Label or co-funded through the Erasmus+ programme.

Education begins with language

Isabelle Leguy

English language inspector, General Inspectorate of the French Ministry for Education, Sports and Research


Gisella Langé

General inspector for languages and advisor for curriculum development, Italian Ministry of Education


Christopher Textor

Director of the Department of General Education in the Ministry of Education, Hesse, Germany


François Staring

Researcher, Ecorys consultancy, London/Brussels


Michael Teutsch

Head of Unit 'Schools and multilingualism', European Commission