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EPALE celebrates European Day of Languages 2016!

On 26 September we are celebrating European Day of Languages by organising a day-long written discussion for the EPALE community. Don’t miss your chance to share your experience in teaching languages to adults, any tips or challenges you’ve faced, learn about best practices from experts, and discuss various topics with your peers.


On 26 September we celebrate European Day of Languages to raise awareness about Europe’s rich linguistic diversity, and the benefits of multilingualism and learning a new language. With the increase of globalisation people more often come across foreign languages. For example, in London alone there are about 300 languages spoken. For adults learning a new language can improve their job prospects, their brain health, and it is culturally enriching. Learning a new language can also be an important social integration tool for those relocating to a foreign country.



In honour of European Day of Languages, EPALE will be hosting a day-long discussion which will be moderated by language teacher and polyglot Alex Rawlings and our thematic coordinator for Quality, Andrew McCoshan. Don’t miss your chance to share your experience in teaching languages to adults, any tips or challenges you’ve faced, learn about best practices from your peers, and discuss various topics with the EPALE community!

Click here to learn more about the discussion and how to get involved.







EPALE’s teams across Europe worked hard to find interesting case studies, thought-provoking blog posts and helpful resources on the topic of languages and adult education. To see a full list of all our content on the topic, visit our thematic page Languages (content varies depending on language version).


Blog posts

6 of the best free language learning sites

7 simple starter activities for language teachers

It’s clothes, not clothies: the art of correcting a language teacher

The Great Spanish Bake Off… almost

Is there still a lingering paradigm change in language learning from physical to digital?

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in European education systems

Effective language learning for migrants in Ireland: Bias against second language learners?

Adult language learning: stepping outside the box

Refugees: Language coach—with a twist             

​El Nostre Món – Resrouces for teaching Catalan for migrants

Artistic dynamic in learning French

Basic German – the app to learn on the go

Carrying out a project: is it all about communication?

Case study: European catering & hospitality language training

Case study: Language Learning for the Screen Generation

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Digital media for education with refugees

Easy-to-read newspaper Wablieft turned 30

EPALE links: Language courses, learning material and funding for refugees

Focus on French Language Integration (FLI)

Giving adult immigrants a good start in Norway

Hearing from the practitioners: Learning environments for languages

How a Palestinian woman became an accomplished adult educator

How I learned Latvian in three weeks

How to deal with the dominance of English in language learning

Interactive German – online language course by Deutsche Welle

Introducing, the App that helps adult migrants’ social integration by teaching a language via TV

Language café - the library as a meeting place, not a depot for books

Language Café - what a success!

Language learning is fun for all, whatever your age!

Language learning technology for adults

Language training in the workplace: for or against

Learning a new language for just 10 minutes a day – is it possible?

Promoting European multilingualism through e-learning and tackling challanges

Report: “LANGUES PLURIELLES ADULT EDUCATION: A SHARED RESOURCE” Interview with Anna Cattan, co-founder and associate training manager

SupEFL - “Supplemental Self-Help in English as a Foreign Language for Learners with Specific Learning Differences“

Supporting work-related second language learning for adult migrants

Talking Together

The language-related European instruments for mobility, quality and transparency of competences

The social aspect in migrant language education

TLC PACK Teaching Language to Caregivers

TLC PACK Teaching Language to Caregivers - PACK

Training language teachers for working with migrants

Volunteers teach the Dutch language to refugees: How are they prepared?

Why non-formal language learning can be more effective for migrants

You are never too old to learn a new language



Adult language learners

Adults’ need for foreign language competence as a factor of well-being: a comparative study of Latvia and Lithuania’s cases

Alphabetisation for second language learners in Europe: Recommendations for further development

Bremen handouts for vocational German

Brochure "50 ways to motivate language learners"

Comprehensive report on the didactic analysis of the 100 teaching aids

Dutch language learning toolkit for volunteers and refugees

European Framework for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment

Europe's rich languages ​​- Trends in Europe's multilingual policies and practices

Good Practice for Improving Language Learning for Visually Impaired Adults

Good practice from The Netherlands: 'Train the Trainer' programme for 'Spread the Word' language ambassadors

Guide to methods - The Oral Approach to Language Learning

Innovations in Learning Technologies in the language classroom

Language case studies Theme 1 Strengthening Social Inclusion through Multilingualism

Language case studies Theme 2 Early Language Learning

Language case studies Theme 3 Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)

Language case studies Theme 4 Special Educational Needs and Language Learning

Language case studies Theme 5 Less Widely Used and Taught Languages

Language case studies Theme 6 ICT and Language Learning

Language case studies Theme 7 Languages and Employability

Language lessons for migrants - a step towards integration and tolerance building

Language Teaching Methods – Project Booklet

Language Training for Adult Refugees: The Integrate Ireland Experience

Languages and Employability

Learning German for free: Deutsche Welle’s offer for students and teachers of German

Learning technology review of English, maths, English for speakers of other languages and English language training

LEARNMe Project: White Paper linguistic diversity

leo.-App: a self test reading and writing for smartphone

Literacy education for low-educated second language learning adults in multilingual contexts: the case of Luxembourg

National Agency memorandum - Students and outcomes in education of Swedish for immigrants in 2015

New resource materials for teaching foreign languages:

Performing languages: an example of integrating open practices in staff development for language teachers

Practise Dutch outside the classroom with Nedbox

Problem-based language learning opportunities for professionals

Publications for professional language training

Resource Pool: language learning and sustainability

Resource pool: Sustainability and language training

Second language training in the workplace

Selected publications on education and language learning for adult refugees and migrants

Speech and language in adult education

Study on comparability of language testing in Europe

Support during studies, professional Finnish language support for foreigners - Young Adults' Skills Programme case study

The Importance of Foreign Language Skills in the Labour Markets of Central and Eastern Europe

The Language Barrier to Rehabilitation

The linguistic integration of adult migrants: from one country to another, from one language to another

Three ways to use iPads in the language classroom

Useful and fun English language and entrepreneurship lessons

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