European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages (EDL), initiated by the European Council in 2001, takes places annually on 26 September. It is arranged to celebrate multilingualism and multiculturalism and to remind us of the importance and joy of language learning – not to mention lifelong learning. In 2011, an event to celebrate the EDL was arranged in Rovaniemi at the Revontuli Shopping Centre jointly by multiple stakeholders. The event was aimed particularly at pupils studying an A2 language in the schools of Rovaniemi, but it was also open to the general public.
The purpose of the event was to highlight the importance of studying languages nowadays, to increase interest in less widely studied languages, and to encourage everyone to study languages.
The European Day of Languages at the Revontuli Shopping Centre was arranged jointly by the Kieliosaaminen Lapin voimavaraksi (Opening Doors for the Future) project (ESR, ELY / Lapin kesäyliopisto); the Federation of Foreign Language Teachers in Finland SUKOL, Lapland division; the Kielitivoli project of basic education in Rovaniemi; and the Language Centre of the University of Lapland.
The Language Centre hopes to have a positive influence on the attitudes of the general public toward languages. We also want to make future university students understand the growing importance of language skills.