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European Day of Languages in Warsaw

20.09.2010 - 27.09.2010

Languages integrate!

European Day of Languages in Warsaw

20-27 September 2010



Lessons and workshops in several European languages, a multilingual conference, art performances, a city game and a film festival will be the main attractions of this year’s European Day of Languages in Warsaw. The festival of multilingual Europe starts already on 20 September and will take the whole week! 

The European Day of Languages was established by the Council of Europe in 2001. The official festival falls on 26 September and its aim is to promote foreign-language learning and the cultural heritage of Europe. The slogan of this year’s European Day of Languages, “Languages integrate”, refers to the celebrations of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and to the special communication needs of groups such as deaf people.

Europe’s languages on the big screen

During the EDL festival of films from different parts of Europe, movie fans will have an opportunity to get a taste of the original sound of languages such as Danish and Irish, but also to see the sign language on the big screen. The shows will take place at  the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and the State Ethnographic Museum, starting already on Monday, September 20.

The Tower of Babel at the University of Warsaw

Everyone interested will be able to take part in teacher workshops and demo lessons of foreign languages, including such exotic tongues as Japanese or Chinese. There will be nearly seventy lessons to choose from, including lessons of the sign language and of Polish as a foreign language. The first classes will take place on Friday, 24 September, at the Public Library in the South Praga District. More lessons are scheduled on Monday, 27 September, at the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching of the University of Warsaw. On the same day, the University campus will host young music, dance and theatre performers, including the Sonic Dance group, a Russian choir and children from the Polish-French La Fontaine school.

EDL visitors will also get an opportunity to find out about language study opportunities in Warsaw and European education programmes. Free promotional materials will be available from the info stands of the organisers.

Strangers in the big city

On Saturday, 25 September, language enthusiasts will try their luck in a city game organised in Warsaw’s Powiśle district. Their task will be to send a spaceship carrying a message about Europe’s cultural heritage to outer space. To accomplish this, they will have to demonstrate good knowledge of Europe’s languages and cultures. The winners will be offered a free semester of language study at a selected culture institute.

Experts take the floor

The main EDL events will take place at the University of Warsaw on 27 September. On that day, the old University Library in Krakowskie Przedmieście street will host the conference “Cross-culture communication: Languages integrate”. The event will feature an international group of distinguished multilingualism experts.

Virtual competition, real prizes

An online short film competition entitled “Summer and languages” is open for young movie makers equipped with mobile phones. The winners will receive attractive prizes including digital cameras and a free English exam.

We also invite the EDL participants to join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

All events are free, but some require prior online registration. For detailed information on the EDL 2010 in Warsaw, check www.edj.waw.pl

This year's celebrations of the European Day of Languages are organized under the patronage of honour of the Rector of the University of Warsaw, Prof. Katarzyna Chałasińska-Macukow, the Minister for National Education, Ms Katarzyna Hall, the Minister for Science and Higher Education, Prof. Barbara Kudrycka, and the Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, Ms Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

Organisers of EDL 2010:

European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC); Foundation for the Development of the Education System; European Commission Representation in Poland; University of Warsaw; Education Department of the Warsaw City Hall; State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw; Embassy of Estonia in Warsaw; Embassy of Greece in Warsaw; Embassy of Ireland in Warsaw; Embassy of Belgium― Delegation of the Governments of the French Community and the Walloon Region (Wallonia-Brussels); British Council in Warsaw; Danish Cultural Institute in Warsaw; Goethe-Institut in Warsaw; Portuguese Institute of Culture Instituto Camões in Warsaw; Institut Francais de Varsovie; Italian Institute of Culture in Warsaw; Österreich Institut in Warsaw; Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw; Russian Centre of Science and Culture; Public Library in the South Praga District, Capital City of Warsaw; Centre for Education Development (ORE); State Certification Commission for Polish as a Foreign Language (PKPZJPjO);

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