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In the 21st century all European citizens live in a multilingual environment. Consequently there is a growing interest in multilingualism and an increasing need for language communities to exchange experiences and to cooperate. As part of the research, key motivators, pre-requisites and limitations of multilingualism at grass-roots level will be identified, and their impact analysed on the development, communication and implementation of ML policy. Another aim is to identify best practices and get a clear picture of current practices in Europe.

With the help of the outcome of the research,  the EC Civil Society  Platform  on Multilingualism will be in a position to provide guidance on the practical development, communication and implementation of the ML policies recommended in its policy paper from October 2010.   

The research has focused on the three topics vital for the promotion of multilingualism: Early language learning, Lifelong learning and Social/community services for social inclusion. In each of these three areas information has been gathered using a questionnaire specifically designed for that area.  These questionnaires have been administered in at least 10 countries across Europe, representing a mix of linguistic and cultural situations. Fact-finding has been conducted in order to:

  • Identify current multilingual practice or where this is non-existing, the scope for its introduction and methods through which this could best be implemented;
  • Identify the key motivators for multilingualism or where these are non-existent, the key requirements;
  • Identify the languages to be targeted at local/regional level and the level of proficiency required;
  • Where appropriate, collect examples of current practice with a view to this being analysed for best practice.  

The output of the research has, together with other information gathered as part of the project, been used to develop a Multilingual Online Language Observatory, which will become the reference on the practice of multilingualism in Europe.

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27/03/2012
. by M.M.

Great project!!! I am currently studying European Studies in Maastricht and experience multilingualism in my everyday life and I believe that it constitutes a topic which will even gain importance in the future.

19/12/2012
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