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
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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 uugot.it, 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
Resources 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: www.sustaenable.eu 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