24.09.2011 - 29.09.2011

Dozens of languages – thousands of opportunities!

10th anniversary of the EDL

As one of the organisers of the European Day of Languages 2011 the Embassy of Estonia is organising 3 demo lessons of the Estonian language for beginners, titled “Esimene tund”:

September 27, in the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching of the University of Warsaw, address: 26/28 Krakowskie Przedmieście, Warsaw, at 9.45 and 10.30,

September 28, in the Public Library of Praga Południe in Warsaw, address: 5 Meissnera Str., at 13.00.

The Embassy of Estonia is also organising the presentation titled “Welcome to Estonia – presentation of the country, culture and its inhabitants”:

September 29, in the Public Library of Ochota in Warsaw, Filia: „Przystanek Książka”, address: 42 Grójecka Str., at 16.00.

All activities in the frame of the European Day of Languages are free of charge. Participants are only requested to register to the activities earlier through the Internet on the website:

This year, Europe celebrates its linguistic diversity for the 10th time! The European Day of Languages, established by the Council of Europe in 2001, is a festival of linguistic diversity and an opportunity to demonstrate that language learning can be fun and a fascinating adventure. This year’s celebrations will take six days, and the programme will include language demo lessons, screenings of European movies, theatrical workshops, multicultural workshops for children, a city game for youngsters and special language lessons for people over 50. In short, the EDL will be a great adventure for everyone.

Language is the name of the game! Saturday, 24 September

Warsaw will once again become the area of a thrilling game. Teams of players will have to prove that they can communicate in almost any language, and have fun at the same time. The stakes are high – the winners will be awarded free language courses funded by several European culture institutes.

Kids in the land of multiculturalism Sunday, 25 September

Polish is not the only language spoken by young Warsawers: some of them also speak Vietnamese, African languages, Chechen and other tongues, and will be happy to share their multilingual skills with other kids during the workshops at the Warsaw Centre for Cultural Education (SCEK) in 4 Jezuicka Street. While children will be learning about the diversity of languages and cultures, their parents will be able to talks to experts about how they can best assist their children in language learning.

European languages on the big screen Sunday, 25 September – Thursday, 29 September

Film screenings at the Alchemia cinema and the Russian Centre for Science and Culture will offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy some of the most interesting recent European movies, in original language versions.

We speak the language of theatre Monday, 26 September

Teatr Ochoty will host multilingual theatrical workshops during which young would-be actors will learn from professionals about what it takes to act in a foreign language.

Later on the same day, children are welcome to enjoy Andersen’s Parade, a colourful show from Denmark.

Languages for all generations Tuesday, 27 September – Thursday, 29 September

This year, demo lessons for learners and workshops for teachers will be offered on three consecutive days in three different locations in Warsaw: the University of Warsaw, the Public Library in Praga Południe and the Przystanek Książka Public Library in Ochota, which will host a special programme for learners over 50.

The demo lessons will be an opportunity to learn your first words in a multitude of languages including Chinese, Arabic and Portuguese. The participants will also get a chance to find out if all Poles speak Czech, what the Italians talk about as they gesture, and which bands are most popular in the Russian music scene. During the workshops, teachers will find out how to teach foreign languages creatively and effectively. In between the lessons, participants will be able to visit info stands where a rich array of language courses and European language programmes on offer will be presented, and treat themselves to free promotional material.

Multilingual Europe Wednesday 28 September – Thursday, 29 September

The programme also includes an international conference with high-profile European experts on multilingualism, organised by the Ministry of National Education, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, the European Commission Representation in Warsaw and the Centre for the Development of Education. The conference is one of the official events of the Polish EU Presidency.

Destination Poland!

This year we take the EDL beyond the capital city with events in several other towns throughout Poland, including Wrocław and Kraków.

EDL goes online

All information on EDL 2011 and the detailed programme of events are available online at Language fans can also join us on Facebook Live coverage of selected events will be available on Twitter.



Saturday, 24 September
city game "El Hombre vs. the Languages of Europe"

Sunday, 25 September
"Kids in a multicultural land" - language and culture workshops at SCEK, Jezuicka 4

Monday, 26 September
Theatrical workshops at Teatr Ochoty

Andersen’s Parade children’s show from Denmark at Teatr Ochoty

Film screenings at Alchemia Cinema and Russian Centre of Science and Culture

Tuesday, 27 September
Language demo lessons and workshops for teachers at University of Warsaw

Wednesday, 28 September
Language demo lessons and workshops for teachers at Library in Praga

Thursday, 29 September
Language demo lessons and workshops for teachers at Library in Ochota

28-29 September
Conference: Multilingual Competences for Professional and Social Success in Europe


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