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07/10/2013 Belgium Belgium

Multilinguisme: Quatre Belges sur 10 ne connaissent pas de langue étrangère

42,1% des Belges âgés de 25 à 64 ans ne parlent que leur langue maternelle et ne maîtrisent aucune langue étrangère, selon les résultats d'une enquête AES (Adult Education Survey) publiés par le SPF Economie. Cette enquête apporte des informations sur les formations linguistiques suivies par les adultes âgés de 25 à 64 ans au cours des 12 derniers mois ainsi que sur les connaissances linguistiques générales des personnes interrogées.

03/10/2013 Italy Italy

The structure of language influences learning

There are words that convey a meaning, like verbs, nouns or adjectives, and others, like articles or conjunctions that sustain them, providing a structure for the sentence. A few years ago some scientists of the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste, together with collaborators from other Universities, showed that the order of the two categories of words within a sentence is important for language acquisition in infants already in their first year of life.

03/10/2013 Luxembourg Luxembourg

Luxembourgers are language-savvy

Nearly 100 percent of Luxembourg residents state that they speak a foreign language, the highest number recorded in the European Union, according to data published by statistics agency Eurostat.

02/10/2013 Switzerland Switzerland

Should schools teach all mother tongues?

Although Swiss public schools are required to teach in national languages, about 60 per cent of children born in Switzerland to foreign parents speak a non-Swiss language at home. Should foreign native languages get more class time?

01/10/2013 Lithuania Lithuania

600 students are studying the Lithuanian language abroad

There are around 40 Lithuanian language centres abroad where 100 lecturers are teaching Lithuanian. It is estimated that more than 600 students are studying the Lithuanian language abroad, mostly in the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany, writes

01/10/2013 Korea Korea

Language Determines How Infants Acquire New Words

A study has shown that the way infants acquired new words in Korean is very different from the way they are learnt in English.


30/09/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

L'anglais se confirme comme la lingua franca de l'Europe

L'anglais s'impose de plus en plus dans les écoles européennes comme la langue étrangère la plus apprise, selon les résultats d'une étude Eurostat. Au sein des États membres, elle est également la langue étrangère la plus parlée, à quelques rares exceptions. 

27/09/2013 Belgium Belgium

Dans l'UE28 deux tiers des adultes en âge de travailler ont déclaré connaître une langue étrangère en 2011

Dans l'UE28, deux tiers des adultes en âge de travailler ont déclaré connaître une langue étrangère en 2011. L'anglais est étudié comme langue étrangère par 94% des élèves du deuxième cycle de l'enseignement secondaire 

26/09/2013 Romania Romania

Eurostat: Almost three quarters of adult Romanians say they can speak a foreign language

No less than 74 percent of the Romanians aged between 25 and 64 say that can speak at least one foreign language when the EU average is 66 percent, informs a Eurostat survey that was published in Brussels.


26/09/2013 Latvia Latvia

85% Latvian pupils are learning foreign languages

85% of the total number of pupils in general schools in Latvia are learning foreign languages*. 51% of pupils, learning foreign languages, are learning two and more foreign languages.

23/09/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

Moving to the rhythm 'can help language skills'

Moving in time to a steady beat is closely linked to better language skills, a study suggests.

22/09/2013 Malta Malta

The standardisation of medical English

A team of medical language professionals from around Europe met at the Valentina Hotel, Paceville, during the past days to discuss a very specific topic – the standardisation of medical English.

21/09/2013 Germany Germany

Das schwierigste Wort der deutschen Sprache

Es gibt Wörter, die schreibt fast jeder falsch – gerade weil sie uns so vertraut vorkommen. Das Wort, das die Deutschen am häufigsten verhunzen, ist norddeutsch, kommt aber aus dem Spanischen. 

18/09/2013 Spain Spain

Más de 200 lingüistas participan en el XXIV Congreso Internacional

La Universidad de Jaén se convierte estos días en el centro mundial de la investigación en enseñanza del español como lengua extranjera.

18/09/2013 United Kingdom United Kingdom

Are children really better at foreign language learning?

It might seem that children have an easier time picking up foreign languages, but there are ways that adults can be as strong, or stronger, than children, says Anne Merritt.

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Club de Madrid European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI) European Association for Terminology
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Richard Barnes United Kingdom