Event: 2014 European Day of Languages

“The World through Words: Why Foreign Literacy Matters.”

It’s that time of year again to celebrate all things language in Europe as we take part in the 2014 European Day of Languages.


What is it?
It’s the question on everybody’s lips, are we right? So, the European Day of Languages was created following the success of the European Year of Languages back in 2001 that was jointly organized by the European Union and the Council of Europe. It’s celebrated every year with the aim of promoting the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages we learn to increase intercultural understanding, promote the cultural diversity of Europe and encourage lifelong learning of languages, whether in or out of school for study purposes, professional needs or pleasure.

What is the European Day of Languages for?
It’s hoped that the event will be celebrated by authorities in the Council of Europe’s member states and beyond among policy makers, the general public and in the voluntary sector in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning from an early age.

How is the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta getting involved?
We’re working together with our friends at the Alliance Française d’Atlanta on this one to help “foster the promotion of foreign language learning across languages and cultures, and to play an active advocacy role for the purpose of raising awareness of the importance of foreign language learning in a global society”.

What: Lecture, Panel Discussion & Networking
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta
Admission: Complimentary

This year’s event has the motto “The World through Words: Why Foreign Language Literacy Matters.” Guest speaker Dr. Lucie Viakinnou-Brinson, Associate Professor of French at Kennesaw State University will address literacy, specifically via a case study in Africa.

We’ll then have a panel discussion and Q&A session, moderated by Mr. Jon Valentine, Director of Foreign Languages at Gwinnett County Public Schools.

High school attendees are invited to submit a four-minute video about a particular German or French text. The winning entries will receive special prizes. For official competition rules, please click here.

Attending and getting involved in this event would help your resumé and college application massively, it would highlight your level of commitment to your studies in foreign language and culture.

So, do you want to get involved in the panel discussion and be in the audience? RSVP is mandatory for this event, you can get your name on the list by clicking here.

We look forward to seeing you there!



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