Today’s post comes to us from EUNIC Global:
This Thursday September 26 we will have the opportunity to celebrate the importance of language learning during The European Day of Languages.
But what is it all about?
Multilingualism is an essential tool that allows people to achieve their full potential in both their professional and private lives. Learning a new language is also an experience of sharing other people´s culture and points of view. EUNIC and its members recognize the value of multilingualism and act concretely on local level throughout the year.
On occasion of The European Day of Languages, a range of events are organized by EUNIC clusters around the world, see a few picks below:
AMMAN Five European Cultural Centres in Jordan invite their public to listen to European music, taste European food, and watch clips of European events and music, while trying to guess which of the five cluster countries they originate from. On this journey the visitors will have a mock-passport stamped as they take part. The European Day of Languages will close with a multilingual concert.
BUCHAREST The European Day of Languages events in Romania will take place in the garden of Bucharest’s most popular bookshop, Cărturești. All the activities such as games, competitions and quizzes are connected with the topic of travelling. During the open language lessons the students will acquire the “travel kits” – sets of vocabulary useful during the travel to a country of choice.
BUDAPEST Linguistic and cultural diversity, creativity and games, fun and interesting language teaching and learning, European cooperation – these are the main ingredients of the European Languages Cocktail Bar organized by EUNIC Hungary for celebrating the The European Day of Languages. And the whole event will take place on a boat.
BELGRADE EUNIC Cluster Belgrade in Serbia, in partnership with the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and in collaboration with the Council of Europe and the Delegation of the European Union, organizes a conference dedicated to multilingualism and the importance of learning languages This year the programme includes didactical workshops for foreign language teachers and a special focus on idiomatic expressions.
BRUSSELS The TRANSPOESIE poetry festival officially starts on The European Day of Languages. No fewer than twenty-five countries have joined in to offer the population of Brussels a series of poems in their original language (23 languages in total) and in their French and Dutch translations. The poems will be displayed on the public transport in the capital of Europe.
MADRID Twenty cultural institutes based in Madrid will open their doors once again with over 40 activities, including: plays, food tasting, cinema workshops for kids, guided tours, language classes, storytelling…and the list goes on! All of the activities organised for The European Day of Languages celebrations are free and open to the public.
TORONTO The Spanish Centre of Toronto will welcome kids and grownups with music, live performance and more. Children from Toronto schools will participate in ‘composing’ a song in various European languages, together with Mark Ford, singer and songwriter. They will also be participating in a Rhythm, Dance & Music workshop by Dalilyn Martinez. While the adult audience will be offered sample classes in European languages.