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EC shares best practice projects on multilingualism in Europe

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A new publication has been published by the European Commission which showcases successful projects funded under Key Activity 2 – “Languages” of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).

It aims to provide examples of best practice with 36 successful projects in languages funded under the lifelong learning programme.

The projects are grouped into seven themes, covering a wide range of areas from early childhood education, inclusive and special needs education to the link between languages, ICT and employability:

  • Strengthening social inclusion through multilingualism
  • Early language learning
  • Content and language integrated learning (CLIL)
  • Special educational needs and language learning
  • Less widely used and taught languages
  • ICT and language learning
  • Languages and employability

The report cites economic and societal reasons for supporting language programmes, stating: “Since the European Union is built around the free movement of people, capital and goods, EU support to languages has aimed at strengthening the language skills and competences of its inhabitants in order to facilitate their participation in the European and the global market.”

It added: “The EU is equally conscious that linguistic diversity is a fundamental component of European culture and this must be supported at European level. Last but not least, a shared understanding of languages and intercultural dialogue can contribute to increased social cohesion”.

Source: European Commission

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