These case studies are taken from the publication European Multilingualism Experiences from the Lifelong Learning Programme – Key Activity 2 Languages. The best practice projects funded under LLP, KA2 – Languages focused on the study of inclusive multilingual societies in Europe, promoted intercultural dialogue with respect to migrants and raised awareness of minority European languages such as Romani. The outcomes of these projects show the significant contribution that EU funded projects can make in tackling the current economic and political challenges that the European Union is facing.
MERIDIUM - Multilingualism in Europe as a Resource for Immigration – Dialogue Initiative among the Universities of the Mediterranean
The MERIDIUM network studied and promoted multilingualism as a resource for social cohesion and active citizenship related to immigration issues in Mediterranean Europe. It covered the geographical area of Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain. MERIDIUM is a reference point for the scientific community, for institutional agencies at a local and national level, for NGO agencies and migrants associations, and for schools and teachers. The research outcomes have been developed to provide information for decision makers both at national and European level in order to encourage common strategies for targeted actions. The results have reached almost 600 scholarly experts and are useful for the public at large as well as European policymakers.
LE-TPP - Languages in Europe - Theory Policy and Practice
LE-TPP investigated the use of languages for social cohesion and intercultural communication to create a viable, competitive and democratic society based on the principles of diversity, inclusiveness and mutual respect. LE-TPP identified the conditions that allow good ideas on multilingualism to develop into coherent policy and practice. The project's main outcome is the report outlining the main issues, current good practice, and proposals for future action to overcome obstacles and promote positive conditions where linguistic diversity can flourish.
SIGNS - Beyond Signs in the City
SIGNS raised awareness of Europe's linguistic and cultural diversity through visual representations of language landscape and cultural specificities – 'city signs' – in ten European cities from within the partner countries. The signs include street signs, graffiti, writings in restaurants and bars, information on buildings and heritage sites, as well as famous and important events and people. Building on the previous Signs in the City project, SIGNS transfered and adapted the original model to other learning environments and languages, including regional and minority languages, cross-border regional languages, as well as less widely used and taught languages.
ROMANINET- A Multimedia Romani Course for Promoting Linguistic Diversity and Improving Social Dialogue
The ROMANINET project promoted linguistic and cultural diversity and Romani language learning, contributing to promoting European cooperation with the Roma community as well as respect of this minority group. ROMANINET developed a Romani language course and cultural resources available to the Roma community as well as wider society. The multimedia language course is the first of its kind and contains a total of 1500 units of cultural resources which can be used for self-study as well as formal learning.