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Language Rich Europe

The Language Rich Europe project ran from November 2010 until March 2013. The project website, including results can be found here. For more information you can visit the website of Language Rich Europe or download the brochure for more information. The Mercator Research Centre / Fryske Akademy was one of the research partners in the project.

On the basis of the discussions held at the three Language Rich Europe-workshops held in the Netherlands and at the yearly seminar of the Dutch association of language teachers (VLLT). The VLLT has formulated a set of policy recommendations for a multilingualism policy in education and sent them to the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. You can read those recommendations here (in Dutch).

Downloads:

Language Rich Europe: Trends yn belied en praktyk foar meartaligens yn Europa (in Frisian language). Red. Guus Extra en Kutlay Yagmur. (November 2012)

Language Rich Europe: Trends in beleid en praktijk voor meertaligheid in Europa (in Dutch language). Red. Guus Extra en Kutlay Yagmur. (November 2012)

Language Rich Europe: Conclusions en future perspectives (in English language). (July 2013)

 

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What Is Language Rich Europe?

Through new research, a pioneering new tool the Language Rich Europe Index and a network of partners, this project seeks to capture the attention of leaders in government, business and society across Europe to:

  • Illustrate the current situation, highlighting good policy and practice to enable informed policy choices
  • Inspire new language focus among decision makers by demonstrating the importance of languages in stable and prosperous societies
  • Motivate more learners and users of many languages 

How Is This Achieved?

New research: Creating a baseline for language education and multilingual services across countries and industries.


  

Language types to be included are:

  • National
  • Foreign
  • Regional- or minority
  • Immigrant

 

How Will This Information Be Used

With our expert partners we will build networks of over 1200 professionals from all sectors covered by the Index, both at a national and international level. 

The research and language profiles of each country will be launched in Spring 2012 and promoted through:


Language Rich Europe Index  A European Index on Multilingual Policies and Practices will compare policies and practices against European Commission and Council of Europe standards in:

  • Education (child and adult levels)
  • Public services and spaces
  • Business
  • Media
  • National language diversity documents/databases


 

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

 

  

  • Publications and website in at least 22 languages

  • Articles and interviews in the media

  • Student network: 2 million EUNIC language learners

  • New professional network: 1200 decision makers

  • 22 major national launch events 

  • 66+ workshops on improving policies and practices 

  • 22 action plans (national / regional / local level)

  • Final document summarising recommendations

  • Project impact can be tracked in later editions

     

Essays: Highlighting specific national contexts will complement the data collected in each country  

Analysis: Using the Index, this project will determine:

  • Good practices: Which recommendations are being followed and work well? Which do not and why?
  • Correlations between good practice in one area and success in another area 

 

 

This project is a delivered by a consortium of over 30 partners and is co-managed by a steering group

Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning / Fryske Akademy

For more information you can visit the website of Language Rich Europe or download the brochure for more information here.

Countries and regions included in the Index:

 This project is a delivered by a consortium of over 30 partners and is co-managed by a steering group:

With the kind support of our sponsors: