26 Sep 2017

September 26th represents the European Day of Languages, an initiative derived by the Council of Europe in Strasbourg and celebrated every year since its creation in 2001.

According to the official website, “there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. This is an important resource to be recognised, used and cherished.

Language learning brings benefits to young and old – you are never too old to learn a language and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), this enables you to make new friends and contacts.”

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What’s more, “globalisation and patterns of business ownership mean that citizens increasingly need foreign language skills to work effectively within their own countries. English alone is no longer enough.” Indeed as a language graduate myself, I can only extol the advantages of having fluent French, pretty proficient Spanish, a smattering of Italian and a soupcon of Catalan in my professional (and personal) skillset. 

Today across the country, events are being held in schools and workplaces to promote the diversity of language and the benefits of language learning. Yet whilst the seeds of linguistic aptitude can be sewn in the classroom, there’s no better way of bringing language learning to life than a trip to the country in question. Why not give students the opportunity to converse with native speakers and absorb the sights and sounds of a different culture than with a MFL school trip?

Be it Germany or Austria, France, Belgium or Switzerland, Italy or Spain, we offer a wide range of destinations to suit your specific subject and budget requirements. if you’re considering a language-focussed school trip, click here to request a quotation.

Images courtesy of Council of Europe, G Targat/CRT Paris-Ile-de-France.

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