On 26 September 2003, the European Day of Languages will once again be held in Europe and elsewhere to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote language learning.
Launched by the Council of Europe during the European Year of Languages 2001, the EDL has since built up a momentum and thousands of activities were organised throughout Europe to mark the Day in 2002.
Themes and objectives of the 2003 European Day of Languages:
For 2003, potential organisers have been given a free hand to focus on any specific themes or objectives they choose.
The overall themes are, in fact, implicit in the raison d'être of the European Day of Languages and its general objectives, ie:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt (increasing plurilingualism);
- Raising public awareness of the existence and value of all languages spoken in Europe;
- Maintaining and promoting the rich linguistic diversity of Europe;
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in response to the economic, social and cultural changes in Europe and as a factor in personal fulfilment.