Language Rich Europe is a networking project which brings together 1200 policy makers and practitioners from 24 countries and regions in Europe to discuss and develop better policies and practices for multilingualism. Network members are drawn from the fields of education, business, public services and the media.
The project is co-ordinated by the British Council - The Languages Company is the lead partner for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Dr Lid King is also a member of the project's Steering Group.
It seeks to record countries' progress in supporting multilingualism and to engage leaders in government, educational institutions, public services, business and the media to help develop a more strategic approach to languages across society.
It attempts to measure how these countries perform against European standards in the following areas:
- Education (pre-primary, primary, secondary, adult)
- Public services and public spaces
- National language diversity documents/databases
Languages covered include:
- National languages
- Foreign languages
- Regional and minority languages
- Immigrant languages
The project's initial phase of research and consultation resulted in the publication of its final report in December 2012. A final partners conference took place in March 2013 at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels, at which the final recommendations were presented to European policymakers.
Information – including country by country profiles – is available via the project website http://www.language-rich.eu/nc/home/welcome.html
The findings, publications and final recommendations from the project are free to download from http://www.language-rich.eu/materials-media.html
Current activities, building on this project, include events and conferences, calls for papers, case studies, and more. Keep up-to-date via the project's blog http://languagerichblog.eu or contact us at The Languages Company for more information.