MULTILINGUALISM POLICY
Helsinki 1st September 2005
Languages in EU
 25 Member States
 450,000,000 citizens
 over 80 languages
 over 60 regional or minority languages
 in 138 different language communities
Key Data
Around 50%of european citizens say they
can speak a foreign language :from less
than 30% in Hungary to near 100% in
Luxemburg(Eurobarometer 2005 .EU 25)
E,F,G,Sp and Ru represent 95% of all
languages learnt at School in Europe.
Around 90% of pupils in upper secondary
education learn E,regardless of whether or
not this is compulsory(13 countries)
Strategy and Policy
 Action Plan (20042006)
 Education and
Training 2010
Communication on
Multilingualism(oct
2005)
European indicator of
language
competence(20052007)
Promoting
Language Learning
and Linguistic Diversity:
an Action Plan 2004 - 2006
Key messages
 Learning a lingua franca alone is not enough
 Mother tongue + two other languages for
every citizen
 Lifelong language learning
 Meaningful communicative competence (not
necessarily native speaker level)
 Promote linguistic diversity
Higher Education
Each university to have a coherent
language policy and take action to
promote its national or regional
language.
All students - of all subjects - to
study abroad in a foreign language and
gain a language qualification as part of
degree.
Languages in action
Socrates Lingua 1, 2
 Awareness raising
 New learning tools
Socrates Comenius
 Teacher training courses and grants
 Language assistantships
 Language exchanges
Socrates Erasmus, Socrates Grundtvig
Languages in action
Leonardo da Vinci language measures
European Language Label
Funding of EBLUL, Mercator
Over € 30,000,000 p.a.
European Languages Label
… for innovative projects in language
teaching and learning

Pinpoints and rewards interesting local
initiatives

Disseminates good practice: the Label
database
European Indicator of
Language Competence

Barcelona Council(2002)+Communication from the
Commission(August 2005)

measure skills at end of compulsory education

5 languages:D,E,ESP,F,I

reading, listening, speaking, writing

calibrate to Common European Scales of Reference(6
levels)

Timing:pilot tests in 2007
Framework for progress:

New integrated action programme in the field of Lifelong
Learning(2007-2013)

To promote language learning and linguistic diversity is one
of the specific objectives of the Programme(second FL
mentionned)

Actions:projects(materials,courses) ,networks
Conclusions
Multilingualism is a core value in Europe:it
is what makes Europe unique and
contributes to its richness;
Learning languages provides people with
many benefits:career possibilities,deeper
understanding of one’s own and others’
cultures.
Learning languages can be accessible.
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