What is the European Day of Languages?
There are over 6000 languages spoken in the
world. And behind each and every one of them lies a rich and
diverse culture. That’s what the European Day of Languages (EDL)
aims to celebrate - by showing people across Europe how important
languages are, and what fun can be had learning them.
26 September is the all important day and 2011
marks the Day's 10th anniversary following the decision of the
Council of Europe to declare a European Day of Languages to be
celebrated on 26 September each year.
How can I get involved?
Well, any number of ways, really. We’ve plenty
of ideas and resources to help you on your way but how you
celebrate the European Day of Languages is really up to you. It’s
just about finding a way to get people (in schools, colleges and
the wider community) excited about languages. That might be through
competitions, events, parties, food markets, plays, dancing... the
list is endless but to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EDL we
have put together some top ten favourites, including ways to
celebrate in school, ideas for games and language challenges,
resource downloads and much more! You'll find it all here on our
How can we help?
At CILT, we love it when people take the
initiative and organise an event. So we’re here to advise and
support you when we can. Have a look at our top ten ways to celebrate if you need some ideas,
or at the
Council of Europe’s Event Calendar.