SOFT: a European project to promote languages, cultural identity and social integration

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These are some of the initiatives carried out by the European Commission regarding languages (click on each topic to learn more about).

The European Language Label in the new programme

The European Commission has defined the European priorities for the years 2014-2015:

  1. Languages for social inclusion.
  2. Languages and sport.

Languages in specific areas

The European Commission has joined forces with Member State governments, the European Parliament, the European regions and social partners in order to:

  1. Give citizens the chance of learning two languages in addition to their mother tongue from an early age.
  2. Create friendlier societies, where different communities and individuals engage in dialogue with one another.
  3. Strengthen the role of languages in improving employability and competitiveness.

Early Language Learning

  1. Bringing very young children into contact with foreign languages may result in faster language learning, improved mother tongue skills, and better performance in other areas. That is why EU education ministers support the teaching of at least two foreign languages from a very early age.
  2. As well as laying the foundations for later learning, early language learning influences attitudes towards other languages and cultures – reason enough for the various Commission initiatives to promote it and support further research.

Lifelong Learning Programme 

As the flagship European Funding programme in the field of education and training, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) enables individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue stimulating learning opportunities across Europe. It is an umbrella programme integrating various educational and training initiatives. LLP is divided in four sectorial sub programmes and four so called 'transversal' programmes.