Motivating language learners through language policy

Language Centre of the University of Vienna

Author(s): Sonja Winklbauer
Institution/Organisation: Language Centre of the University of Vienna (AT)

The present Case Study focuses on the following activities and accomplishments of the Language Centre of the University of Vienna (Sprachenzentrum der Universität Wien,, founded in 2001, the European Year of Languages:

high-quality language ...

Université Libre de Bruxelles 1: Plan Langues

Author(s): Ian Tudor
Institution/Organisation: Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)

The study focuses on the Plan Langues, an initiative launched by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and which involves the extension of language learning to all 1st cycle students in four faculties which until that time had little of no language learning on their academic programme – over ...

Université Libre de Bruxelles 2: Plan Langues – Faculté des Sciences appliquées

Author(s): Ian Tudor
Institution/Organisation: Université Libre de Bruxelles (BE)

The study focuses on the Plan Langues, an initiative launched by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), as implemented within the Faculté des Sciences appliquées (FSA). The main lines of the initiative are similar to the Plan Langues as a whole (cf. MOLAN RES 1 Université Libre de Bruxelles ...

Multilingual Education in the City of Brussels or How to Implement European Language Policy in Primary Schools.

Author(s): Piet Van de Craen
Institution/Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

The following describes a case of bilingual education in an attempt to come to grips with European language policy in the Dutch-speaking primary schools in Brussels. Apart from the language political interest –both at the national and European level- this case also emphasizes the language ...

University of Cyprus

Author(s): Pavlos Pavlou
Institution/Organisation: University of Cyprus (CY)


Professionalisation of vocational education in the framework of the Lisbon Process: multilingualism and practical orientation in vocational colleges

Author(s): Rainer Jahn
Institution/Organisation: Friedrich-List-Schule Berlin, Oberstufenzentrum Wirtschaftssprachen - Kompetenzzentrum Internationale Beziehungen (Senior-Class College for Business Languages - International Relations Competence Centre) (DE)

In line with the Lisbon Strategy applied by the EU since 2000, the Friedrich-List-Schule Berlin (FLS) is working in many ways to professionalise vocational education and to prepare young people even better for the knowledge society. At the Oberstufenzentrum Wirtschaftssprachen, the need for focused ...

Sprachlehrinstitut (SLI) der Universität Freiburg (Language Teaching Center, University of Freiburg)

Author(s): Frank Reiser
Institution/Organisation: Sprachlehrinstitut der Universität Freiburg (DE)

The Language Teaching Center (SLI) is part of the Philological Faculty at the University of Freiburg and its learning programs make up a portion of courses available at the University. However, in contrast to other institutions at the University, the SLI is for the most part financially ...

University of Greifswald, member of EUF-CE

Author(s): Heidrun Peters
Institution/Organisation: University of Greifswald (DE)


Universitat Pompeu Fabra: The linguistic policy of a multilingual university in a Catalan-Spanish community

Author(s): Carmen Pérez Vidal
Institution/Organisation: Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona (ES)

UPF is a Catalan university located in the heart of Barcelona, which has a missions in relation with languages: to use Catalan as the language by default in the institution, to use the co-official Spanish language as a language which many students use and know, and to establish the use of English ...

Renewal programme for language teaching at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille3

Author(s): Martine Benoit
Institution/Organisation: Université Charles-de-Gaulle-Lille3 (FR)

The University of Lille3 has had a Director of Language Policy for a number of years. With the changes in the presidential team made in 2006, a new policy regarding Languages for Specialists of Other Disciplines (LANSAD) at all levels of university studies (Degree, Masters, Doctorate), was ...

Kodolányi János University College

Author(s): Csilla Sárdi
Institution/Organisation: Kodolányi János University College (HU)

As a result of the Bologna Process and Hungary’s accession to the European Union, it is of primary importance for future graduates to possess high levels of communicative competence in at least two foreign languages, intercultural competence as well as an ability to learn languages in an ...

A Whole School Approach to the Teaching and Learning of Spanish

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: St. Laurence's National School (Primary), Greystones (IE)

St Laurence's is a state primary school of 520 pupils in a small town near Dublin, Ireland. Following a successful bid for government funds in the year 2000 a teacher of Spanish was appointed to teach the two top classes of the school as part of the Modern Languages Project in Primary School ...

Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative

Author(s): Tanya Flanagan
Institution/Organisation: Kildare Education Centre / Department of Education and Science (IE)

The Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative (MLPSI) is a government supported project in Ireland aiming to support language learning in primary schools. There are currently almost 500 schools taking part choosing to teach Italian, Spanish, German or French for up to 90 minutes a week for two ...

Language learning and teaching at the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Law

Author(s): Janet Bowker, Marie-Pierre Escoubas, Anna Marras, Rita Salvi, Ersilia Incelli, Judith Turnbull, Margrit Wetter
Institution/Organisation: Dipartimento di Studi Geoeconomici, Linguistici, Statistici, Storici per l'Analisi Regionale , Faculty of Economics, SAPIENZA University of Rome (IT)

In our faculty the application of the Bologna Declaration has had a strong impact also on the L2 (and L3) teaching. Great efforts have been made by the language staff in order to develop mutilingualism and an interdisciplinary approach. Language curricula have been developed to cope with the needs ...

EILC Courses at University for Foreigners of Siena

Author(s): Carla Bagna, Francesca Gallina
Institution/Organisation: University for Foreigners of Siena (IT)


Kedainiai Language School, Lithuania

Institution/Organisation: Kedainiai Language School (LT)


The University of Warsaw System of Language Provision – languages for all

Author(s): Jolanta Urbanikowa
Institution/Organisation: University of Warsaw (PL)

The University of Warsaw System of Language Provision is a system financed from the University central budget whereby all students of the first cycle study programmes can learn a language choosing from a joint offering of ca 50 languages, conventional, blended and on-line courses at A1 – C2 ...

University of Aveiro, Member of EUF-CE

Author(s): Gillian Moreira
Institution/Organisation: University of Aveiro (PT)


Foreign language policy in Hacettepe University

Author(s): Orhun Yakin
Institution/Organisation: Hacettepe University Ankara (TR)


Opening the University for Language Learning: the Open Language Programme

Author(s): G. García-Soza, A.Callaghan
Institution/Organisation: University of Essex (UK)

This case study portrays the Open Language Programme (OLP) created in 1999 by the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, in response to the national and local decline in language learning. The National Curriculum, instituted by the British government 1988, as well as the ...

Early language initiative – Primary school UK

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Hucknall National C of E Primary School (UK)

The school has included the teaching of French in all of their Junior classes and the introduction of key words for the Infants. The Junior children have a 30 minute French lesson a week but there are also some examples of French being used in a cross-curricular way, in Math, PE and learning key ...

Early language initiative – Primary school UK: Case study on early language learning at Primary level (French)

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Malorees Junior, London (UK)

The main language of tuition in this school is English, while the languages spoken by the pupils include Arabic, Gujurati, Chinese, Ethiopian, Spanish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese,  Romanian, among others. The other language taught in the school is French, which is ...

Teaching Urdu at Walthamstow School for Girls, London: An example of the social role of languages in a multicultural school

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Walthamstow School for Girls, London (UK)

Walthamstow School for Girls is a community comprehensive school in London serving a diverse, inner-city area with significant socio-economic deprivation. 45% of the school intake come from the Asian community served by the school and many of the others are of Caribbean and African origins. ...

Early language initiative – Primary school UK: Case study on early language learning at Primary level (French & Spanish)

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: North Town Primary School, Taunton (UK)

The two languages French and Spanish are taught in an afternoon activity club, which takes place after school hours. Spanish is also taught within the curriculum which start with short activity lessons in year 1 and which then increase to regular timetabled lessons of approximately 45 minutes per ...