The European Day of Languages (EDL) is held on 26 September every year to celebrate the diversity of languages in Europe. It is an initiative of the Council of Europe and began in 2001. The Day aims to:

  • alert the public to the importance of language learning
  • increase awareness and appreciation of all the languages spoken in Europe
  • encourage lifelong language learning.

You can find information, resources and interactive games on the European Day of Languages website.


While there is no direct funding for European Day of Languages events, Léargas can supply posters and other items to promote and celebrate the day. Unfortunately all our 2016 resources have now been allocated, so do get in early next year! We also hold an annual competition for language learners and teachers. The EDL website has a range of interactive games and resources available for language teachers and learners.


The European Day of Languages provides a way for any language teachers or learners to celebrate language learning and language diversity. 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! Knowing even a few words of another language can help us to understand and appreciate other cultures and their differences.

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