About this initiative


Language competences are essential for learning and for active participation in society and labour market. This proposal will set out ways to improve language teaching and learning in initial education. It will recommend a comprehensive approach to language learning combining efficient teaching methods taking each learner's personal linguistic abilities into account. It will propose further work on a benchmark for language competences and a monitoring system to follow up progress.

Education and training
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Proposal for a recommendation


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19 March 2018 - 16 April 2018
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  • fzs (Germany)
    16 April 2018 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    fzs (Germany)

    Learning more than one language is an important factor for cross-cultural understanding and empathy building. As such, strengthening language training in the EU is also a matter of strengthening the peaceful coexistence of cultures and countering right-wing populism and xenophobia. Therefore fzs supports this initiative. The fzs (freier zusammenschluss von student*innenschaften, free association of student bodies) is the national union of...

  • European Students' Union (Estonia)
    16 April 2018 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    European Students' Union (Estonia)

    The following is European Students’ Union’s response to the Proposal for a Council Recommendation on a comprehensive approach to language learning in school Language skills are a core necessity for the internationalisation of education - this inevitably includes higher education. Sadly, a prevailing trend in Europe seems to be the decline of free and accessible language courses to both students in and out of mobility in Europe. This is...

  • Meertalig.nl/ Bilingualism Matters@NL (Netherlands)
    16 April 2018 Other
    Meertalig.nl/ Bilingualism Matters@NL (Netherlands)

    The initiative to remind member states of the importance of language learning both for succesful European integration and for the economic success of Europe and its citizens is certainly a welcome step of support for language learning in a world that still invests so much more in science, technology, engineering and math than in language and communication. As it stands, the initiative takes a rather traditional approach to language learning –...

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