Valuing All Languages in Europe

European Centre for Modern Languages
Centre européen pour les langues vivantes

ECML programme of activities 2004 – 2007: Languages for social cohesion – Language education in a multilingual and multicultural Europe – Coping with linguistic and social diversity – provisions, profiles, materials

Joanna McPake &
Teresa Tinsley (United Kingdom)

Project team:
Sirkku Latomaa (Finland)
Laura Mijares (Spain)
Peter Broeder (Netherlands)
Waldemar Martyniuk (Poland)

The starting point:
Linguistic diversity is a valuable asset. Europe’s community languages, like the various national languages of Europe, represent a rich resource both for the communities which speak them and for Europe as a whole.

The aim:
To raise awareness of the resource represented by the community languages spoken across Europe; and of the potential to capitalise on this resource in intellectual, cultural, economic, social, citizenship and rights contexts.

The planned procedure:

  • To map formal and informal provision in member states enabling children of school age to acquire enhanced language skills, most notably literacy skills, in the community languages of significance to them
  • To present a snapshot of the outcomes for those who have had access to such provision
  • To identify some of the characteristics of good practice and areas where further support is needed
  • To make recommendations to enhance provision in future

The expected outcome:
A report, including a map of formal and informal provision across Europe, a snapshot of the outcomes of provision, identification of characteristics of good practice and of areas where further support is needed, and recommendations for good practice for community language teachers and service providers.

This project is conducted in co-operation with
CILT – The National Centre for Languages (UK)