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I hope that the "European Day of Languages" will encourage many people to learn a new language. Especially in the United Kingdom where the interest in learning languages seems to be declining.

You may know that four schools in Britain have introduced Esperanto, the neutral international language, in order to test its propaedeutic values?

The pilot project is being monitored by the University of Manchester. Why not extend this project to other countries as well? Further academic appraisal is essential.

An interesting video can be seen at

Otherwise might help ?

What a fantastic interview with Calum! I am sorry I missed it in assembly but just downloaded it and he sounds so confident and fluent! I am sure that this will inspire the pupils. I was really pleased with how many people dressed up - well done you!

Great stuff Joe - I knew it was EDL and got my form to greet as many staff as possible in a foreign language. They got a signature for each one - the most signatures will win a mention in assembly! They loved it :)

Look forward to seeing you all next month!

Hi Joe,

Your blog is so inspiring! We've had European language day at school as well and I describe how it went on my blog:

I have mentioned you and two great videos that will appeal to year 9 when choosing a language as an option.

Wow, looks like this was very successful! Being American myself, I only just learned about it today in various blog posts.

Thanks for all your comments on our EDL celebrations. I'll pass them on to the pupils.


Congratulations to everyone who took part. I hope that there are some budding polyglots amongst the children! :)

EDL is great for dispelling myths about language learning such as 'everyone speaks English'. It also should make pupils think about the importance of learning languages to break down barriers and raise cultural awareness.

The pupils really enjoyed Friday and I hope that it will stay with them when they think about why they are learning French or any other language in the future.

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