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European Political Priorities in the field of Language Learning

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European Political Priorities in the field of Language Learning

European language policies aim to protect linguistic diversity and promote knowledge of languages. The most recent key documents on language learning are: The Council’s Conclusions on Language Competences to Enhance Mobility (2011), Strategic framework for cooperation on education and training (2009), EU strategy for multilingualism (2008), Multilingualism: an asset for Europe and a shared commitment (2008), Inventory of EU actions in the field of multilingualism (2008), Online consultation on multilingualism (2007), New framework strategy for multilingualism (2005). From those key documents, it is possible to understand the current political priorities of the European Commission in the field of language learning.

The main aspects the current policies on language learning focus on are:

  • the enhancement of quality of language learning
  • evaluation of performance of language teaching
  • teachers training
  • new approaches to language teaching and learning
  • supporting mobility for language learning
  • the promotion of multilingualism
  • language learning for specific purposes
  • tools for monitoring progresses in language learning
  • recognition and validation of language skills acquired through non formal  and informal learning
  • implementation of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • promotion of links between Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications and CEFR
  • promotion of less widely spoken languages


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21 December 2014

Audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project

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