[lg policy] European On-line Language Observatory launched
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European On-line Language Observatory launched
Press Releases ¦ 19/09/2011 ¦ Belgium
Poliglotti4.eu, the EU co-funded project on multilingualism and
language policy, has launched its website today: www.poliglotti4.eu.
The website will serve as the on-line reference on the practice of
multilingualism in Europe, and feature a Language Observatory
gathering and disseminating best practice in language policy and
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
European On-line Language Observatory launched
[Brussels, 19 September 2011] Poliglotti4.eu, the EU co-funded project
on multilingualism and language policy, has launched its website
today: www.poliglotti4.eu. The website will serve as the on-line
reference on the practice of multilingualism in Europe, and feature a
Language Observatory gathering and disseminating best practice in
language policy and language learning.
The on-line Language Observatory will collect and present information on:
• motivators, scope and practice of multilingualism in various
sectors of civil society;
• best practice in development and implementation of language policy;
• multilingual tools.
The website also displays the policy recommendations recently
published by the EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism (CSPM),
a body set up by the European Commission in October 2009 to promote
multilingualism in Europe in the areas of culture, media and
non-formal education. All Poliglotti4.eu consortium partners are also
www.poliglotti4.eu is designed for language learners and teachers,
social and public services, civil society as well as policy makers
involved in developing language policy.
Navigation will initially be possible in English, subsequently also in
French and German. Dynamic content, however, can be uploaded in any
language; the Language Observatory itself will indeed act as a
test-bed for multilingualism tools.
The Language Observatory is web 2.0 compliant and linked to all major
social networking platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and many
others), making it easier for users to share content available on
www.poliglotti4.eu and make it accessible to a wider audience.
“The language observatory will serve as a platform for organisations
and individuals interested in all aspects of multilingualism. It will
not only offer comprehensive up-to-date information on events, news,
publications and the latest research but will also stimulate the
debate around language learning and language policies”, said
Ulla-Alexandra Mattl, Project Manager - Language Observatory (EUNIC in
While the Poliglotti4.eu project was awarded EU co-funding until the
end of 2012, the Language Observatory will persist in the long term.
EUNIC in Brussels, the consortium partner leading on developing the
website, will host the Language Observatory for a minimum of five more
years after the end of the project. Examples of best practice will
thus continue to be uploaded and shared with stakeholders.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Poliglotti4.eu is a project promoting multilingualism in Europe - the
result of the deliberations of the EU Civil Society Platform on
Multilingualism. The project will result in the creation of an On-line
Observatory, reporting on best practice in language policy and
language learning. The observatory will provide policymakers,
teachers, learners and civil society organisations with a powerful
toolkit for benchmarking and enhancing their activities, in non-formal
and informal education and learning sectors. The project is co-funded
through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
The nine project partners are: Association of Language Testers in
Europe (ALTE); British Council (BC); Danish Cultural Institute Benelux
(DKI); EU National Institutes for Culture in Brussels (EUNIC in
Brussels); European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA);
European Theatre Convention (ETC); Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste
(FAEY); Goethe-Institut Brüssel (GI); Mercator European Research
Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (Mercator).
The Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism (CSPM) was set up by the
European Commission in October 2009 to promote multilingualism in
Europe in the areas of culture, media and non-formal education.
Members are non-governmental organisations committed to promoting
multilingualism, operating at a trans-national or European-wide level.
Download the press release DE EN ES FR
Project Management: EUNIC in Brussels
Ulla - Alexandra Mattl
Tel: 0032 (0)471 51 44 80
E-mail: co-ordinator at eunic-brussels.eu
Press & Public Relations: European Theatre Convention
Tel: 0032 (0)488 465 383
E-mail: lmangiat at etc-cte.org
*Platform member organisations are: ACT - Association of Commercial
Television in Europe, ALTE - Association of Language Testers in
Europe, CEATL - Conseil européen des associations de traducteurs
littéraires, CEPI - European Coordination of Independent Producers,
CMFE - Community Media Forum Europe, Culturelink Network, EAEA -
European Association for the Education of Adults, EAFT - European
Association of Terminology, EBLUL - Eurolang European Bureau for
Lesser Used Languages, ECA - European Council of Artists, ECSWE -
European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education, EEE-YFU - Youth for
Understanding, EEU - European Esperanto Union, EFIL - European
Federation for Intercultural Learning, EFNIL - European Federation of
National Instituts for Language, EfVET - The European Forum for
Vocational Education and Training, ETC - European Theatre Convention,
EWC - European Writers’ Council, EPC - European Publishers Council,
Club of Madrid, EUNIC - European Union National Institutes for
Culture: BC - British Council, DDK - Det Danske Kulturinstitut, GI -
Goethe-Institut, EUROCLIO - European Association of History Educators,
FEP - Federation of European Publishers, FUEN - Federal Union of
European Nationalities, ISSA - International Step by Step Association,
MERCATOR - Network of Language Diversity, Literature Across Frontiers,
RECIT - Réseau européen des centres internationaux de traduction
littéraire, YUSTE - European Academy of Yuste Foundation
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