Celebrate the European Day of Languages with us!

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.

On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences. National authorities and the various partners are given a free hand to organise activities. To coordinate the activities organised at national level, the Council of Europe asks participating countries to nominate "National Relay Persons" for the day.

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Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member  states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe. 

EDL 2017

About EDL

What is the European Day of Languages?
• Why a European Day of Languages?


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Teachers' area

Materials to use in class for the Day.
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Self-evaluate your language skills

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Language Trivia

Interesting facts about languages 
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Language Quiz

Test your knowledge about the languages
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Sign Language Game

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Message from Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland 

"The European Day of Languages is celebrated every year on 26 September. It's a day to encourage language learning for young and old. This year's European Language Day is also an opportunity to highlight the huge value of Europe's cultural diversity. Europe's nations are always at their strongest and most prosperous when we are open and outward-facing, willing to embrace other ways of life, and when we welcome those who can contribute to our societies. By pausing to celebrate the dozens of languages spoken across our communities we can send a powerful message: that Europe is a place where all backgrounds are welcome and individuals of every heritage can feel at home. Hundreds of events have been organized by schools, universities and cultural establishments to mark the day. I would like to send my best wishes to all those taking part."

Video message by Council of Europe Director General for Democracy Snežana Samardžić-Marković

EDL web page by the European Commission
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Newest Events

gr 26/9/2016 - 23/12/2016
Celebration: 2nd Senior High School of Katerini
ro 26/10/2016 - 27/10/2016
Celebration: Recas
ro 23/9/2016 - 28/9/2016
Celebration: Scoala Gimnaziala Rediu - Ruginoasa
ro 26/9/2016 - 7/10/2014
Language classes: Scoala Gimnaziala nr.16
es 26/10/2016 - 26/9/2016
Language Day: E.O.I Al Xaraf