Sunday, 10 March 2013

EU called to support immigrant languages

The Language Rich Europe (LRE) consortium has called the European Union (EU) and its member states to improve language policies, ensure economic competitiveness and build more inclusive societies.

In particular, the group said that European institutions and member state governments should initiate new policies to support immigrant language teaching.
The consortium considers that the rise of English and a growing mix of immigrant languages have redrawn Europe's linguistic map in recent decades. For this reason and in order to develop more inclusive societies, the EU was urged to explicitly recognise immigrant languages at European level.
In addition, revision of trilingual learning and use of the particular position of English to promote and support multilingualism were also appealed by the group.
The LRE call is an outcome of the organisation’s closing conference in Brussels on 5 March. It comes days before the European capital hosts its first International Language Days on 8 and 9 March.


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