The European Day of Languages will be held on September 26 in Europe and elsewhere to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote language learning. Launched by the Council of Europe during the European Year of Languages 2001, the EDL has since seen thousands of activities organised throughout Europe to mark the day. CILT, the National Centre for Languages, also has plenty of suggestions for activities and celebrations on its website, as well as opportunities to look back at what many schools have done to mark the day in previous years.EDL celebrates all the languages spoken in Europe, including the many languages from around the world that are spoken in schools and communities in the UK. These are now the focus of a major survey, which CILT will report on later this year.
Asset Languages, which now supplies training for assessment on the Government's Language Ladder scheme, has this year joined forces with CILT to promote the day.
* CILT, the National Centre for Languages, helps schools organise events across the UK and schools can order posters, stickers, T-shirts and postcards at www.cilt.org.ukedl
* Details of EDLevents across Europe can be found on the Council of Europe website www.ecml.atedl