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EU Multilingual Families project: Supporting multilingual families

05/09/2013  EU Multilingual Families project: Supporting multilingual families Poland Poland

The ''Multilingual Families'' project is targeted at preserving the languages and culture of immigrants and the many families with parents with more than one language.

They represent a linguistic treasure house for Europe and one that must be preserved to enhance the linguistic and multi-cultural diversity of Europe. To preserve this treasure in to the second generation, the children of immigrants and linguistically diverse parents, is vital as a continuing linguistic resource.
Resources for Educators and Families

The EU Multilingual Families project has already produced a comprehensive repository of information about bringing up children multilingually that includes: books, articles, research projects, PhD Thesis, EU projects, web tools, web resources, reading, social networks and activities

The project will soon be producing guides for parents (in 17 languages) and educators to show:

  • Why children can be raised multilingually
  • How parents can raise children multilingually
  • How educators can help and support parents
  • Motivation for children to be multilingual

Getting Involved

The project will soon invite schools and parents to pilot the resources we are creating. If you would like to be part of the piloting team please write at

More information about the project can be found on the official website

Young Europeans Love Languages

11/06/2013  Young Europeans Love Languages

"Young Europeans Love Languages" is a network of European partners whose aim is to promote language learning as a key skill of lifelong learning.

We believe that fun, attractive, and unconventional forms of language learning should be incorporated not only in formal education but also in other non-formal/informal contexts and leisure activities.

Our network plans to identify a number of tools to raise awareness and to demonstrate the importance of language learning which will help to increase the effectiveness of language teaching.

Linguistic integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM)

27/05/2013  Linguistic integration of Adult Migrants (LIAM) European Union European Union

The integration of migrants and the impact on it of their acquisition of competence in the language(s) of the host country are a focus for political debate and policy initiatives in a growing number of Council of Europe member states, as is demonstrated by the surveys carried out by the Language Policy Unit in 2008 and 2010 (a third survey is planned in 2013).

The aims of this website are:

  • to offer a platform that enables member states to exchange experiences and reflect on policy and practice in this area;
  • to provide assistance to member states in developing coherent and effective policies and in reviewing existing policies in keeping with shared Council of Europe values and principles;
  • to provide practical support for the effective implementation of policy;
  • to encourage good practice and high quality in the provision of language courses and in assessment of language proficiency.
UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

05/04/2013  UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger United Nations United Nations

It is estimated that, if nothing is done, half of 6000 plus languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century. With the disappearance of unwritten and undocumented languages, humanity would lose not only a cultural wealth but also important ancestral knowledge embedded, in particular, in indigenous languages.

However, this process is neither inevitable nor irreversible: well-planned and implemented language policies can bolster the ongoing efforts of speaker communities to maintain or revitalize their mother tongues and pass them on to younger generations.The aim of UNESCO’s Endangered Languages Programme is to support communities, experts and governments by producing, coordinating and  disseminating :

  • tools for monitoring, advocacy, and assessment of status and trends in linguistic diversity,
  • services such as policy advice, technical expertise and training, good practices and a platform for exchange and transfer of skills.

UNESCO's flagship activity in safeguarding endangered languages is the Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger.

Mutual intelligibility  of closely related languages

24/02/2013  Mutual intelligibility of closely related languages European Union European Union

In Europe a large number of languages are spoken. These languages enjoy different statuses, some are officially recognized, while others are spoken by minority populations. Respect for linguistic diversity is a core EU value but the linguistic diversity can lead to communication problems that might only be reconciled with sufficient knowledge about the language situation at hand. In 2007 the High Level Group on Multilingualism (HLGM) therefore published an overview of research topics that should be investigated to improve communication within Europe while still preserving multilingual richness. Two of these topics form the basis for the present investigation.

The Education Index at

12/01/2013  The Education Index at United States United States

The Education Index at is the Internet’s premier source of updated, clear educational data about undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. We use publicly available numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and strive to present them in a simple and easy-to-digest way. Our desire is to make it easy for you to pick the best college you possibly can with this index: a college that fits your financial, social and educational interests and goals.

12/11/2012  Euregioschool Belgium Belgium

Le projet Euregioschool s'intéresse aux élèves de l'Eurégion Meuse-Rhin, âgés de 4 à 15 ans, dans le but de leur offrir un apprentissage du néerlandais, de l'allemand, ou du français plus approfondi, et cela au sein-même des établissements scolaires où ils suivent leur scolarité. Ce projet est une initiative des comités scolaires suivants: le Comité pour l'enseignement secondaire au Limbourg (LVO), Mosalira, Movare (groupements d'établissements primaires) et le Comité pour l'enseignement secondaire de la communauté Parkstad Limbourg (SVOPL) et va être plus amplement développé avec les partenaires en Belgique et en Allemagne.


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Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) EEE-YFU EUNIC in Brussels
European Theatre Convention European Publishers Council Eurolang
European Federation of National Institutions for Language RECIT European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
European Association for Terminology European Forum of Vocational Education and Training Mercator European Network of Language Diversity Centres
Europa Esperanto Unio - EEU European Council of Literary Translators' Associations Federation of European Publishers
Federal Union of European Nationalities Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE)
Culturelink ALTE CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe)

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There is no doubt that the fact that I'm multilingual and have learnt more languages since when I was a little boy, has meant that I can easily learn new languages.

Manu Sareen Denmark