The "Etats généraux du multilinguisme" - september, 26th
On 26 September, the European Day of Languages, France is inviting almost 1 000 key figures from all over the European Union and the European Economic Area to take part in the "Etats Généraux du Multilinguisme". At the conference, Leonard Orban, European Commissioner for Multilingualism, will present measures that the European Commission would like to implement in this area.
The "Etats Généraux du Multilinguisme" will be a forum for discussing the policies of the EU countries aimed at strengthening their citizens’ language abilities both at school and through life-long learning, in the aim of emphasising multilingualism’s contribution to development, progress and cohesion among European societies. Although the goal set by the EU in 2002 to start teaching two foreign languages to children as young as possible remains the keystone of European multilingualism policy, this policy has to take greater account of the contribution of multilingualism to every aspect of personal and social life.
With this in mind, the multilingualism conference will be organised into three round tables that will underline the:
— creativity and innovation in language teaching with regard to the goal set by the EU in 2002;
— contribution of multilingualism to the spread of works, cultural goods and intercultural dialogue in general;
— benefits of multilingualism for social cohesion and making businesses more competitive.
Each of the round tables will include seven or eight specialists from different countries and will be followed by a debate with the general public. Language technologies and policies to enrich language (e.g. terminology, new words and phrases) will also be examined in order to highlight the horizontal nature of these issues.
In addition to hosting the multilingualism conference, Paris will be alive with European languages on 26 September with a Festival of Languages celebrated in the streets, monuments, cultural centres and institutes of Paris in honour of the wealth and vitality of this linguistic heritage. Discover, hear, read, learn languages: an array of resources will be made available to involve the general public in this event.
Contact : Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes (Ivan.Kabacoff @ diplomatie.gouv.fr); Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Astrid.Roche @ culture.gouv.fr), Ministère de l’Education nationale
An artistic and fun festival to celebrate European languages
For the first time in Paris, the public can discover the linguistic diversity of Europe through artistic performances and surprising, fun and poetic events
Several events designed specifically to celebrate the European Day of Languages will take place in squares, gardens and on the bridges of Paris in order to inspire the public to become actively involved in languages.
From the morning of September 26th, thousands of words and phrases in every language will appear around the city in the form of banners and balloons.
In the Place de la Sorbonne, sound systems will play European songs and hits which, by crossing borders, become popular reference points shared by everyone.
Finally, as night falls, illuminated words in every language chosen by the general public will be written and projected directly onto the façades of symbolic buildings all along the Seine by an artists’ collective.
On the fringes of the Languages Festival, on the same day at the Sorbonne, "les États généraux du multilinguisme" will take place, bringing together nearly 1000 European debaters to give a new boost to the policy of multilinguism in Europe.
The European Day of Languages has been organized this year in France as part of the French Presidency of the European Union by the French ministries for foreign and European affairs, national education, higher education and culture and communications, in collaboration with the Secretariat-General for the French Presidency of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission.
To attend the "Etats généraux du multilinguisme", register yourself on the following address:
For further information:
—* to follow the event in live:
http://isorbonne.univ-paris3.fr/ with Real Player
—*To download freely Real player:
—*To download the planning in .pdf: