07/05/2007 by: Petru Dumitru
These Web-based resources are recommended not only to the chat participating schools with Commissioner Orban, but also to all the schools interested in finding out more about the EU languages and how they serve as basic communication tools.
Commissioner Orban will answer the questions prepared by a group of selected schools that will communicate in three languages: English, French and Romanian. The chat topic is “Language learning: The best for professional career and personal development”.
- Languages and Europe (EN, FR, RO)
This portal is a guide to all the European Union official languages. The European Union currently has 27 Member States and 23 official languages. The Union uses the languages chosen by its citizens’ own national governments, not a single language or a few languages chosen by itself and which many people in the Union might not understand.
- Eurydice: Information network on education network in Europe (EN, FR)
The information network on education in Europe, Eurydice has since 1980 been one of the strategic mechanisms established by the European Commission and Member States to boost cooperation, by improving understanding of systems and policies. Since 1995, Eurydice has also been an integral part of Socrates, the Community action programme in education.
Data on foreign languages teaching/learning
- Education and training: languages of Europe (EN, FR)
This website publishes information and facts about the 23 EU official languages. It also features all the EU initiatives and documents on promoting language diversity in Europe.
- Wikipedia: languages of the European Union
In the European Union, language policy is the responsibility of member states and EU does not have a common language policy; European Union institutions play a supporting role in this field.
- The 23 EU Official languages (EN, FR, RO)
On this site you can hear examples sopken by interpreters from the EU institutions.
- Commissioner Orban’s website
Languages are fundamental for Europeans wanting to work together. They go to the very heart of the unity in diversity of the European Union. We need to nurture and promote our linguistic heritage in the Member States but we also need to understand each other, our neighbours, our partners in the EU. Speaking many languages makes businesses and citizens more competitive and more mobile.
- European languages
This digital module (which can be seen only by using Internet Explorer) contains a basic sentence said in different European languages. Students have to match it with its respective country.