Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Schools : EDL : Learning European Languages is Fun-Tastic !

European Day of Languages

"This year's European Day of Languages celebrates innovation in language learning and teaching.  This provides us with the perfect opportunity to highlight the huge value of Europe's cultural diversity."

Thorbjørn Jagland, Council of Europe Secretary General 

The European Day of Languages (EDL) was first celebrated in 2001 during the European Year of Languages

EYL 2001

At the end of this campaign the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided to make EDL an annual event, to be celebrated each 26 September. 

Every year, millions of teachers and students organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity and the ability to speak other languages.

"By pausing to celebrate the dozens of languages spoken across our communities we can send a powerful message: that Europe is a truly multilingual place where all backgrounds are welcome and where everyone can have an equal voice."

Hundreds of events are organised by schools, universities and cultural establishments to mark the day. 

At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September
On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences. 

To coordinate the activities organised at national level, the Council of Europe asks participating countries to nominate National Relay Persons for the day.

European Day of Languages


Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe's 47 member  states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.

Studies have been showing that speaking several languages is one of the best exercises your brain can get. See?

On the occasion of the European Day of Languages, a range of events are organised across European schools.

26 September must be about having some fun together in different languages. 
Everything is permitted to motivate students to learn languages. There are so many languages in Europe!

In order to learn more about language diversity, students can take part in different activities proposed by their teachers or following a school project. 

Tongue Twisters

  • Activities:

Excited? Only some hours left until the European Day of Languages! Are you ready to twist tomorrow? 

Tongue Twisters:

  • Portuguese: "Três Tristes Tigres"

  • Swedish: ”Father, do sheep have sheep? No, sheep don't have sheep, sheep have lambs”.

From ‘Around the rugged rock, the ragged rascal ran’ to ‘red leather, yellow leather’, one aspect of mastering a language is being able to master its tongue twisters. They are always decidedly odd sentences. 

Invite your students to visit the web site and to inclue a tongue twister.

Play mode:

Play a game and test your knowledge: students may choose a sticker. And they will be asked to answer a Quiz about the language/sticker they have chosen.

They can choose a sticker only once. 

EDL world record attempt

Participate in the EDL world record attempt!

To add a little extra spice to the European Day of Languages this year, we are aiming to establish a EDL world record.

Encourage your classes or students to create a short video clip based on the phrase:

“I love [a language] because…”.

  • The video, using the above phrase, can be:
  • Recorded in any language and can be about any language(s). 
  • The clips may involve an individual, group or class 
  • It should be no longer than 10-20 seconds in length and filmed in landscape format. The more creative the video, the better!
  • Do not forget to turn on subtitles.

BE Active! BE Cre@tive!

Closing date : 30 September

Upload school or students videos here

  • News 2019: Resources: Schools/ students 

HandBook of Languages Challenges

This year EDL is inviting everyone to participate in a language challenge around the European Day of Languages! 
The 51 challenges contained within the handbook encourage learners to go a little outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the plentiful opportunities available to practice or learn more about a language beyond a classroom context.
Students can choose easy challenges that don’t involve much time – such as “count from 1-10 in 3 different languages within one minute” to ones that are a bit more demanding “ together with a friend, write the words to a song/rap in a foreign language”. 

There should be something for everyone and you may discover that you actually know more than you think about languages!

Download the HandBook in English here

Which Language It Is?

Which Language It Is?

We all know this situation: on a bus, in a café, on the street we hear two people talking in a foreign language. And we wonder what language it is. Let's do some training here and next time this happens to you you will easily recognise it!

EDL T-Shirt Contest 2019

EDL T-Shirt Contest Winner 2019

The winner of the 2019 EDL T-shirt contest is Emilė Žandauskaitė from Vilnius Abraomas Kulvietis Classical Gymnasium/ Lithuania. Congratulations!

EDL T-Shirt Contest 2020:

Send EDL your design/image/graphic and have your layout on the official 2020 EDL T-Shirt!


  • Sign language game:
Country names in international sign languageDo you know the European country names in international sign language? 

Invite students to learn by selecting and clicking on a country on the map and then test themselves to see how many they can get right!

Whether large or small, don't forget: 

  • Have a good idea (an event, party, tournament, breakfast, flashmob at school;
  • Organise creative events with your students and promote on the EDL website here ;
  • Create promotional texts/flyers and distribute them at the school, at home;
  • Tell your school library about the event about the European Day of Languages and ask to make a presentation in different languages with students; 
  • Tell your national relay about your events. They may promote your initiative;
  • Enter the event into EDL database

Make it happen! 

There are so many activities! Teachers will find some teaching materials here

My Dream Job 2017:

Apply for your dream job in our 2017 European Day of Languages Competition and you could win a trip for your class! Reece Sheridan heard about the competition through Stein Study and made this video with their Erasmus+ intern Patrick Stegar to spread the word.



updated : 25.09.2019
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