European Day of Languages - 26 September

Photo of the logo for the European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September, as an initiative of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.  

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.

For the day, a range of events is organised across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences.

Resources

European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages celebrates plurilingualism and encourages the 800 million Europeans in the Council of Europe's 47 member states to learn more languages.

Channel 4 Modern Languages

Interactive resources for learning French and German vocabulary using games and voiceovers. The resources are called Chez Mimi and Hennings Haus and are aimed at upper primary-age children. They were developed by Channel 4 and Learning and Teaching Scotland.

British Red Cross - Refugee Welcome

A quick activity about learning a few words in an unfamiliar language.

Resource calendar

Links to resources to support learning related to celebrations, awareness days and action weeks throughout the year.

More from Education Scotland

Related case studies from across Scotland.

Learning and teaching resources created and selected by Education Scotland.

Go to the Chez Mimi French language games
Go to the Hennings Haus German language games
Go to the Passeport pour La Francophonie website for French language interdisciplinary resources and learning ideas