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PRESS RELEASE – Brussels: 5 December 2012
The European Policy Centre, together with the European Academy of Yuste Foundation and the Poliglotti4.eu project, held a policy dialogue on the 5th of December about multilingualism entitled, “Mobility, growth and jobs – the multilingual challenge of the single Market”.
Uwe Mohr, the director of the Poliglotti4.eu project; Jochen Hummel, CEO of EsTeam; and Pierre Mairesse, Director of Lifelong Learning spoke at the event. They explained the importance of multilingualism in Europe from various points of view − educational, intercultural, business-oriented − emphasising the necessity of investing more in Europe’s education systems and of raising awareness of the importance of multilingual education at an EU level.
According to these experts, interculturalism and multilingualism can perfectly reflect business world realities, and are therefore key tools for entry into the labour market. They highlighted the connection between multilingualism and employability, particularly related to young people. As a consequence, in every country the education system should be improved by aiming towards the learning of two foreign languages. They also pointed to the need to refine and using language technologies which play a fundamental role in the learning process and which can help the EU in its mission of creating a multilingual society. As part of the process, they argued the need to provide all EU citizens with the same tools to learn languages and to give an equal value to all the languages spoken in the EU, which would help safeguard Europe’s endangered languages.
The meet also noted that “Learning to learn”; researching and developing new technologies; improving pedagogical techniques on language learning; offering more intercultural experiences to young people; and giving access to the available tools are all key points of the multilingualism policy that plays a central role in the realisation of EU goals.
Multilingualism and interculturalism can contribute substantially to growth, jobs and mobility in Europe and, more widely, to the construction of a better and more empathetic society.
Source: In co-operation with the EFC – European Foundation Centre
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NOTES FOR EDITORS
Poliglotti4.eu is a project promoting multilingualism in Europe - the result of the deliberations of the EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism.
The project will result in the creation of an On-line Observatory, reporting on best practice in language policy and language learning. The observatory will provide policymakers, teachers, learners and civil society organisations with a powerful toolkit for benchmarking and enhancing their activities, in non-formal and informal education and learning sectors. The project is co-funded through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
The nine project partners are: Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE); British Council (BC); Danish Cultural Institute Benelux (DKI); EU National Institutes for Culture in Brussels (EUNIC in Brussels); European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA); European Theatre Convention (ETC); Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste (FAEY); Goethe-Institut Brüssel (GI); Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (Mercator).
*Platform member organisations are: ACT - Association of Commercial Television in Europe, ALTE - Association of Language Testers in Europe, CEATL - Conseil européen des associations de traducteurs littéraires, CEPI - European Coordination of Independent Producers, CMFE - Community Media Forum Europe, Culturelink Network, EAEA - European Association for the Education of Adults, EAFT - European Association of Terminology, EBLUL - Eurolang European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages, ECA - European Council of Artists, ECSWE - European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education, EEE-YFU - Youth for Understanding, EEU - European Esperanto Union, EFIL - European Federation for Intercultural Learning, EFNIL - European Federation of National Instituts for Language, EfVET - The European Forum for Vocational Education and Training, ETC - European Theatre Convention, EWC - European Writers’ Council, EPC - European Publishers Council, Club of Madrid, EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for Culture: BC - British Council, DKK - Det Danske Kulturinstitut, GI - Goethe-Institut, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators, FEP - Federation of European Publishers, FUEN - Federal Union of European Nationalities, ISSA - International Step by Step Association, MERCATOR - Network of Language Diversity, Literature Across Frontiers, RECIT - Réseau européen des centres internationaux de traduction littéraire, YUSTE - European Academy of Yuste Foundation
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