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Language Rich Europe
Start date: Nov 1, 2010,

Member States may have responded to increased mobility and migration by prioritising social inclusion and intercultural dialogue but this is not always supported by language policies and practices which promote linguistic diversity and language learning. European multilingualism policy has provided guidance but take up has been uneven, policy cooperation has proved challenging, and knowledge sharing initiatives have remained sector-focused. "Language Rich Europe" (LRE) will address these challenges by creating a sustainable interdisciplinary network of 960 decision makers from 14 Member States and 2 regions who will through workshops, conferences and online discussions, share good practice in language teaching and learning for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue and cooperate on improving language policies and practices.To inform their work we will conduct a comparative analysis of countries' performance against European multilingualism policy. The results will be presented in the attractive format of an Index of Language Policies and Practices in Europe, available in 18 languages and published in print form and on an interactive website. The Index comprises 120 indicators and reflects use of official national, immigrant, regional, and foreign languages in education, public services and spaces, business and the media. The knowledge sharing process will enable the network to develop action plans at national level to improve language policies and practices. These action plans will be synthesized into a report for the European Commission to support the review of its multilingualism policy planned for 2012.Expected impact:- Better understanding of good practices in language teaching and learning for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue- Enhanced cooperation and commitment to improving language policies and practices - Increased awareness of the European Union and the Council of Europe recommendations and how countries perform against them - A sustainable European benchmarking tool to evaluate policies and practices

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