The Council of Europe together with theNational Relays for the European Day of Languages (EDL) have started preparations for the 2014 edition of the Day. Last year proved an immense success with more visitors to the EDL’s website than ever before and over 620 events entered into the activities calendar. Get an impression of the range and scope of the events through the 2013 photo gallery. The website is now available in 26 languages.
- Photo contest 2014 on language learning
In preparation for the Day we are launching a contest for the best photographic representation of language learning. The contest provides an opportunity to share your perspective on language learning through the language of photography. This could for example be a photo of your language class ‘in action’ or use a more abstract or artistic approach — all entrants are welcome. Above all, entries should reflect the enjoyment of language learning! More information about this initiative will be published on the EDL website and in the next issue of the Gazette.
- Other new features in 2014
We will be adding to the large array of materials already on the website and encouraging users to feed in their contributions and suggestions. In addition to the photo competition, among others, we plan to develop: a new area of the site which highlights unique features of individual languages, and a game on sign languages. We will also be continuing the ‘Teachshare’ section on the site where we encourage teachers to share materials they have developed for celebrating the Day with colleagues all over Europe.
- Promotional materials
In addition to ‘Talk to me’ stickers and lanyards and ‘Hello’ posters, this year we will also be offering a limited number of EDL key rings in a variety of different colours. If you are planning to organise an event around the European Day of Languages, you can promote it on a European level by recording it in the events’ calendar on the EDL website and order promotional items from the National Relay in your country.
We will keep you informed on the latest developments via our next newsletter issues.