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2013 European Day of Languages

Posted on: May 22nd, 2013

OMLTA is Proud to Support the 2013 European Day of Languages

As an initiative of the Council of Europe, every year since 2001, the European Day of Languages is celebrated on September 26. This occasion is celebrated not only in Europe, but throughout the world. The European Day of Languages represents the Council of Europe’s philosophy that “linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding”.

The Goethe-Institut Toronto championed the first Canadian celebration of this day in 2010. This year’s event will be held in collaboration with the Alliance Française, Istituto Italiano, Spanish Centre, Instituto Camões and Prologue to the Performing Arts!

This year, the EDL 2013 will take place on Friday, September 27 at the Spanish Centre (65 Hayden Street, near Yonge and Bloor in downtown Toronto). Special activities for high school students of second and third languages will be held in the afternoon (registration required)!

In addition, a full program of events for all interested adults will be offered free of charge in the evening.

Visit the EDL website to get an impression of the activities from previous years, and watch for further details about this year’s event: EDL site.

The Council of Europe nominated national coordinators for each country to support schools to organize their own European Day of Languages activities on September 26. If your school or your class would like to prepare an activity, and is looking for ideas and to order support materials, please contact Jadwiga.Baranowicz@toronto.goethe.org, the EDL National Coordinator for Canada.

The OMLTA is delighted to support this dynamic initiative.

I look SO forward to the yearly OMLTA spring conference. It comes at just the right time when we all need our batteries recharged. I return to school on Monday morning after the weekend conference bursting with renewed enthusiasm and ideas that I can hardly wait to implement. I carry in my mind’s eye the group of elementary school boys brought to one of the workshops to demonstrate the AIM program. They were so impressive, earnest (and cute!). But I will remain forever grateful to the OMLTA for giving me the opportunity to further develop my teaching skills through a month of professional development at the stage BELC in France, offered free by the French embassy in Toronto. That was such an enriching PD opportunity from which other students and teachers have benefitted as I have shared the knowledge gained there. I have remained in contact with other French teachers from around the world that I met there. Thank you to the OMLTA and the French embassy in Toronto for helping to build the road to French language acquisition that we are all travelling together as a global community.

– Sandra Dennis - Toronto District School Board