European day of languages
The highlight of the European Year of Languages 2001 was the European Day of Languages, which was celebrated for the first time on 26 September 2001 in all 45 states taking part in the campaign. It was wished, as indicated a number of national EYL coordinators, that the dynamics of the European Year of Languages be continued, particularly the new networks and partnerships set up in more than 80% of the countries involved. The annual celebration of the EDL would allow to build on the successful initiatives and launch fresh ones by broadening their audience or targeting specific groups and provide a favourable framework for continuing with the activities launched in 2001 to promote linguistic diversity and language learning.
The Day has a wide variety of aims following on from those of the European Year of Languages, in particular:
*Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase intercultural understanding;
*Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
*Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for the purposes of mobility or just for pleasure and exchanges
You can visit this site: http://www.coe.int/