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Language case studies Theme 5 Less Widely Used and Taught Languages

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.

 

RML2future - Network for multilingualism and linguistic diversity in Europe

The network RML2future promotes multilingualism through lifelong learning, and helps to preserve linguistic diversity in 21st century Europe with a strong focus on regional and minority languages (RML). The network operates in cooperation with professionals, experts and policy makers, to exploit the regional educational potential and create language-friendly environments in the regions of Eupen-Malmedy, South Tyrol, Lusatia, Aabenraa, Carinthia and the German-Danish border region. The project has pushed towards the establishment of a European competence centre for multilingualism with regard to regional and minority languages and multilingual regions. A European language policy has also been developed and implemented to integrate minority languages and diffuse the results of the network.

 

NPLD - Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

NPLD is a pan-European language policy and planning network which aims to raise awareness of linguistic diversity across Europe and ensure that the voices of communities speaking Constitutional, Regional and Small-state language (CRSS) and lesser used language communities are heard and listened to in Europe. It represents over 20 languages, including Breton, Occitan, Welsh and Estonian. The network provides a forum for policy makers, practitioners, researchers and experts across Europe to share best practice and create strong partnerships in order to move CRSS language planning forward.

 

VoLANGteer - Learning regional languages through volunteers

VoLANGteer promotes the learning of minority languages, especially Galician and Frisian, through an informal language learning methodology, suited to linguistic and cultural immersion in a foreign environment. The methodology popularises these lesser spoken languages and at the same time enhances the integration of foreigners in the specific region. It encourages foreigners staying in these countries to use the languages in their daily lives. The project has connected with organisations involved in Erasmus and Leonardo activities.  VoLANGteer has developed a new approach to regional language learning for foreigners. The informal language learning methodology fosters interest in languages and their learning, making integration and the exchange of experiences, knowledge and values easier.

 

SO - Slovak Online

Slovake.eu uses the growing popularity of online (language) courses to satisfy the need for quality study material in Slovak. The project targets all people interested in the language or in Slovakia, including tourists; foreigners living in Slovakia; partners in mixed marriages or relationships; people living in border areas with Slovakia; ethnic Slovaks living abroad and their extended families; and students of Slovak and Slavic studies at universities abroad. A free online portal for learning Slovak (level A1-A2) has been developed containing multilingual interactive language courses based on the Content and Language Integrated Learning method (CLIL). The portal is available in ten different languages (CZ, DE, EN, EO, ES, FR, HU, LT, PL, SK), improving access to Slovak learning materials across Europe. The multilingual web portal also contains tools, such as profiles, message exchanging and a public discussion forum, to build a community of web users.

 

GLOSSA - Greek as a vehicle for promoting linguistic diversity

GLOSSA creates methodologies, tools, and content for advanced Greek language learning (C1-C2). The project has developed two pedagogical methodologies: one for developing online language learning content for advanced students, and the other for self-learning in online environments which can be used for any European language. Based on these methodologies, the project has created an e-learning platform, e-learning courses, an accreditation tool, and a professional profile. The target groups are foreign language teachers, non-native teachers, language learning institutions, advanced foreign language learners, and anyone interested in learning proficient Greek.

 

Poliglotti4.eu - Civil Society Platform to Promote Multilingualism

Poliglotti4.eu is a research platform which brings together 29 European-wide leading civil society organisations, including policy makers and project stakeholders. The platform is divided into four research working groups on Education; Linguistic Diversity and Social Cohesion; Translation and Terminology; and Language Policy. The research focuses on lifelong learning, pre-school, and social/community services for social inclusion. The results have led to recommendations for the implementation of a European Multilingualism policy, as well as the development of an interactive multilingual online Language Observatory. This reference tool contains information on policy recommendations, multilingualism in various sectors of civil society, best practices in language policy, and multilingual tools for all project partners, policy-leaders and other stakeholders in Europe.

 

L&S4RML - Languages meet Sport for Regional & Minority Languages

L&S4RML uses the passion for sport to motivate young people and adults to learn languages and meet people from other cultures. It further disseminates the previous 'Languages Meet Sport' projects (Swimming the Language and LANG&SPORT) and transfers results to new target users in the field of regional and minority languages (RMLs). The project promotes awareness of the richness of European linguistic diversity, and more specifically the learning of RMLs through physical activities. L&S4RML uses the passion for sport to motivate young people and adults to learn languages and meet people from other cultures. It further disseminates the previous 'Languages Meet Sport' projects (Swimming the Language and LANG&SPORT) and transfers results to new target users in the field of regional and minority languages (RMLs). The project promotes awareness of the richness of European linguistic diversity, and more specifically the learning of RMLs through physical activities.

 

Light Me up! - Language Lessons for Abroad

Light Me Up! raises awareness of five less widely used and taught European languages (LWUTL): Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, and Lithuanian. It stresses the importance of communication in foreign languages and promotes language learning in the context of the European travel and tourism sector, globalisation, open borders, student mobility, and property purchase abroad. The project has developed bilingual language sets in 20 different language versions (Bulgarian-Czech, Lithuanian-Dutch, Czech-Greek, etc.), providing basic skills in the target languages on commonplace travel situations. Light Me Up! raises awareness of five less widely used and taught European languages (LWUTL): Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Greek, and Lithuanian. It stresses the importance of communication in foreign languages and promotes language learning in the context of the European travel and tourism sector, globalisation, open borders, student mobility, and property purchase abroad. The project has developed bilingual language sets in 20 different language versions (Bulgarian-Czech, Lithuanian-Dutch, Czech-Greek, etc.), providing basic skills in the target languages on commonplace travel situations.

 

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