EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
What is it?
The Council of Europe
At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages (EDL) has been celebrated on 26 September every year since 2001, when European Year of Languages took place. There are currently over 6,000 languages spoken around the world and EDL celebrates all languages spoken and used by people currently living in Europe.
Diversity of Languages
It is a day to celebrate the diversity of languages spoken by people who are now living in Europe and a wonderful opportunity to inspire and encourage people of all ages to get involved and excited about learning a new language. It is also a day to highlight the advantages of languages at work and the benefits that language learning brings.
EDL is a day of events celebrating learning and speaking other languages and is a key date for events in schools, universities, organisations and communities.
Find out what is happening across Northern Ireland and Europe. Look for new ideas and register your activities on the Council of Europe website.
IN NORTHERN IRELAND
NICILT is the EDL relay and is responsible for promoting and coordinating EDL across N. Ireland. We can provide you with the official promotional materials for your celebration.
NICILT can help you with ideas and resources to celebrate EDL. If you work in a school or organisation in Northern Ireland we can send you the official EDL merchandise for your event. Resources are limited though and we work on a first-come, first-served basis.
European Day of Languages 2018
Official EDL Promotional materials are now available for collection from the NICILT Resource Centre.
This year, we have a selection of wristbands, pencils and stickers available for primary and post-primary teachers. Packs can be collected free of charge from the NICILT resource centre at 8 College Green. Simply send us an email to check availability, then call in to the centre Monday-Friday between 11:30am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. We have a limited supply of resources, and will provide packs on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are unable to attend, we can arrange to post a pack out to your school, however, this will incur a charge of £5 to cover P&P. Please email us to discuss.
Photos from 2016
Many thanks to St. Patrick's Academy, Dungannon, for the wonderful ideas!