You might have seen an enticing array of language resources on the display shelves near the Level Four Library stairs. They include student textbooks, teacher’s books, audio CDs, DVDs and dual-language picture books. These are to give a flavour of the range of materials we hold in our Curriculum Resources collection, mostly for loan, for teachers to use in the classroom. (EDL logo: Council of Europe)
The European Day of Languages is celebrated on 26th September each year following an initiative in 2001 of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg.
The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.
Of the twenty-four official EU languages we have materials in and/or about the following: French 448; German 438; Irish 491.628; Italian 458; Polish
491.8; Portuguese 469; Spanish 468
And of the seven main immigrant languages we have materials in and/or about: Russian 491.7; Arabic 492.7; Turkish 494.35; Urdu 491.439; Chinese
495.1; Hindi 491.43
Check out the shelf numbers listed to find many more resources on these languages, and look in the catalogue to discover what we have on languages not listed here.