Published on 26/09/12 at 22:25:51 GMT by Redaksjonen
Over 40 European states celebrated the European Day of Languages today Monday 26 September 2012. The European Day of Languages is an initiative of the Council of Europe, and the aim of the day is to show the value and of multiple languages and the opportunities that language skills open for.
The day was marked in Norway with several different events at schools, universities and organizations.
The European Day of Languages is 26 September, as proclaimed by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001, at the end of the European Year of Languages (2001), which had been jointly organized by the Council of Europe and the European Union. The aims of the languages day which is highlighted in over 40 European are:
- Show the significance of language learning and to promote multilingualism in society - Increase awareness of the multilingual and multicultural diversity in Europe - Encourage European citizens to learn more languages - Inform about language learning - Support up and encourage lifelong learning of languages - Demonstrate possibilities of multilingualism - Contribute to mobility in Europe
This year, the day was marked in Norway with several events:
[b Language Cafe The University of Bergen marked the day with a language cafe. The staff at The Norwegian courses arranged a language cafe at Ad Fontes in HF-building. The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for students and staff from different language backgrounds to meet. Several posts holders spoke about language learning in Norway, and the potential language education has given them for work in other countries. In addition, there was a language quiz.
How is it like now? About Sami language today Sami organizations allaskuvla and Saemien Sijte arranged Sami language seminar on Snaasa. The theme of the seminar was: "How is it like now? About Sami language today"
Father Jacob in different languages In Fredheim school in Gran municipality started the day with a gathering at the stairs, where one saluted and sang Father Jacob in different languages, before the students were divided into groups across classes. In the classrooms, took a lot of exciting, and the students learned both facts and songs from different countries. There were games and toys, fairytales and competitions, all with special focus on German, French, Spanish or English.
Marked the European Day of Languages with Father Jacob in different languages, photo: Fredheim school
Posters and activities In og Romsdal county, students of German, French, Spanish and international English marked the day with various activities. Students have included made posters that were hung around the school.
Quiz shorts and wall papers Firda school in the county marked the European Day of Languages Quiz on English as a world language, songs in several languages, short movies and placates. Teachers and students tried to sing "Father Jacob" in seven languages.
Several high schools in Nord-Trondelag marked the language day The European language day was marked In Nord-Trandelag marked by the high schools Ole Vig, Grong and Levanger with stands, singing and music in English and foreign languages. There were held several cultural arrangements and representatives from NHO Trondelag and from the businesses sector were holding speeches focusing on the importance of English and other foreign languages. At Grong high school there were several cultural performances, various culture activities and food from Spain and Germany. Levanger school gathered all the students in one of the auditoriums for a lecture on studying abroad and the importance of foreign languages.
The NGO organization morsmal.org has actively participated in the celebration of the European Day of Languages for several years now in cooperation with the Council of Europe. However, this year it was decided not to mark the day as a protest against the attempt of the education Minister Kristin Halvorsen to shut down our news website on morsmal.org. In connection with the protest there will be sent a letter to the Council of Europe and UNESCO. Read more about the issue here: https://twitter.com/temamorsmal and here: http://morsm.al/0oFPy
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