European Day of Languages – 26th September
Since 2001, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year, alerting the public to the improtance of language learning and encourage plurilingualism and intercultural understanding, and to encourage lifelong learning.
Anyone can participate, either by taking part in the activities organised, joining in with online activites and games or by getting together with others and setting up events.
Visit The Council of Europe website for more information about this day. There are online quizzes to play, as well as interesting facts about languages, and a teachers area with downloadable materials to use in your own classes.
The library has lots of useful information about language learning and on lifelong and adult learning, so if you would like to investigate more about this, below are some titles that we recommend.
Intercultural language teaching and learning by Anthony Liddicoat. This is available as an ebook and you can access it with your University user id and password.
Higher education and second language learning: promoting self-directed learning in new technological and educational contexts by Rosario Hernandez. This is available as an ebook and you can access it with your University user id and password.
Lifelong learning by Norman Longworth. This is available as an ebook and you can access it with your University user id and password.
How does the first language have an influence on language learning? A case study in an English ESL classroom by Yanillis Romero and Milton Pajaro Manjarres. Article is available through ERIC in the journal English Language Teaching. Published 2017, volume 10, number 7, pages 123-139.