At the initiative of the Council of Europe, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September.
Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.
There are different ways in which everyone can take part in the celebration of the European Day of Languages. There are several examples offered, ranging from organizing a movie night in a foreign language to hosting an international dinner. Find out more on: http://edl.ecml.at/Abouttheday/Getinspired/tabid/1762/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
The specially designated webpage promotes events all over Europe and it is possible to register events in the calendar: http://edl.ecml.at/Participate/Promoteyourevent/tabid/1768/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
Either individually, through a school, university or association, everyone, especially young people are encouraged to participate in the events.
To obtain more information about national events a network of national relays has been established: http://edl.ecml.at/NationalRelays/AllNationalRelays/tabid/1856/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
Young people can also evaluate their language skills through interactive quizzes and games: http://edl.ecml.at/LanguageFun/tabid/1516/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
Find out more on: http://edl.ecml.at/Home/tabid/1455/language/en-GB/Default.aspx