European Day of Languages

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is celebrated across Europe on the 26th of September every year. It aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone. It was set up by the Council of Europe and was first celebrated in 2001. Why not celebrate with your class, and use this opportunity to raise the profile of languages in your school.



Ideas for your school

SCILT has put together lots of ideas to support you in celebrating the European Day of Languages in your school. We have grouped them into primary and secondary ideas, as well as ideas for parents and families, and provided a suggested timeframe for each activity:

Schools organising events to celebrate EDL 2019 are invited to upload details of their event to the EDL events calendar, a Europe-wide calendar hosted by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML). There will be a prize for the most innovative event.

Resources

Visit the ECML website for free downloadable posters, postcards, stickers and audio files. You will also find language activities, games, facts and the EDL language challenge

Download the 'Ideas for school' documents above and check the list of useful websites below for further resources. 

EDL t-shirt competition

The ECML are inviting entries for their EDL t-shirt contest. Submit your entry online and your design could be on the official EDL t-shirt for 2020!

Find out more on the ECML website.

Blogs

Tell us how you celebrated the European Day of Languages and we will feature you in our EDL 2019 blog. If you include some colourful photos your article could even appear in our next newsletter!

For more ideas on how to celebrate, view the SCILT EDL blogs from previous years:

Useful websites

These video resources introduce French, German and Spanish and put the language into everyday context with native speakers. Make use of the teacher notes to fit the classroom.

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Macmillan have put together a tasty new infographic on European foods, along with other resources and quizzes.

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Top tips for running a successful European Day of Languages event.

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Get your class or whole school speaking Spanish, French and even Welsh with these resources.

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Languagenut have created free printable resources for you to download as well as languages bunting to decorate your classroom.

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In preparation for the big day, we’ve picked out some lesson inspiration in the form of displays, games and assemblies to help you to share your passion for languages with pupils and colleagues alike.

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Join others all across the continent on 26 September to celebrate the annual European Day of Languages – with a song! A quick activity, easy to manage, for teachers and pupils all you need is internet access, sound and projection equipment.

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The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages to raise awareness about these languages and their contribution to global diversity. To help preserve them this Google Earth tour shares audio recordings from more than 50 Indigenous language speakers.

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Here we take a look at 4 ideas to help celebrate the European Day of Languages in your school, including 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' and a European Food Market.

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Download this small booklet where you will find examples of the many languages spoken in Europe.

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Find activities to make European Day of Languages vibrant, fun and have a positive impact on the whole primary school and set the scene for a year of effective primary language learning.

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Why not start (or end) this year with a themed day? Celebrating the European Day of Languages is a great starting point!

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Find activities, competitions and resources on the ALL European Day of Languages site.

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The Guardian Teacher Network has resources to help children appreciate the excitement of learning a foreign language.

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From Afrikaans to Ukrainian, ielanguages.com offers several language learning lessons and authentic resources - for free. The most popular courses, such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, and Swedish, include interactive exercises and audio recordings created by native speakers.

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