European Day of Languages on Sept 27

Co-organised by British Council, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the second edition of 'European Day of Languages' will be held on September 27, 2014.

Event held: Al Quoz 4 - location map, PO Box 391162, Dubai, UAE

Starts: 10:00, 27 September 2014. Ends: 16:00, 27 September 2014

European Day of Languages 27 September 2014

The British Council, Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut and the Embassy of the Czech Republic have joined up for the second year in a row to mark the European Day of Languages with a day of language and cultural activities. This year, the annual European Languages Day in Dubai will focus on early language learning and fun for 6 – 10 year olds.

The event is being held at the German International School Dubai, Al Quoz 4 on 27 September 2014. The event is free and parents and children are welcome from 10am to 4pm. There is no need to register, however, if you want to get in contact prior to the event, please contact

Children can experience free language classes from the experts in English, French, German and Czech. There will be story telling sessions for children and films in each of the four languages running throughout the day. Children and parents will also be able to enjoy arts and crafts activities as well as the opportunity to try food from each of the four countries. In addition, we are holding a book sale and a workshop for parents with talks from our language learning experts on how you can help your kids learn foreign languages.

Three lucky children will win a course in the language of their choice by taking part in our annual quiz.

According to Hubert Sévin, Director of the Alliance Française Dubai “People usually say that learning languages opens your mind but I would say that it is more than that, it actually takes you to new worlds ! French, for example, is the language of 220 million people spread over the 5 continents”

Marc Jessel, Director of the British Council adds “By celebrating the European Day of Languages together we are underlining the importance of learning not one but several foreign languages. Aside from the obvious advantage of increasing understanding between cultures, knowing foreign languages often gives you an edge when competing for an important position”.

Theresa Lunardon-Monteiro, Director of the Goethe Institut Dubai, takes this point further, saying that "Learning languages is no longer something special, it has become a necessity. No matter what plans an individual might have, the knowledge of languages increases the opportunities in today's globalized world and helps achieving a better intercultural understanding. Through learning languages a range of skills can be acquired which can be useful for both work and private life."

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff – including 2,000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the arts and delivering education and society programmes.

We are on the ground in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, where our English language centres offer courses to almost 6,000 students annually. The British Council is a pioneer in teaching English in the region having opened numerous teaching centers in the GCC, Iraq and Yemen. The British Council has emerged as a market leader in each of its segments offering a wide range of services across the region.

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781 million. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally.

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About Alliance Française: A Worldwide Network

From the Land of Fire to the Canadian boundaries, from the African continent to Northern Europe, from Asia to Oceania, the Alliances Françaises emerge out of a Francophile dynamics from every culture around the world. Founded in 1883, Alliance Française’s success is due to the loyalty of a public with deep roots in the French language and francophone culture. The Alliance Française brand is known in 136 countries and has inspired a rich network of 850 local associations with a proper legal entity. The wide-ranging AF network represents and promotes a Francophone sphere open to exchange with international culture. Every year, the Alliances Françaises welcome about 530 000 students.

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About the Goethe-Institut

The Goethe Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics. Our educational and training products enable mobility in an international learning community. With our network of Goethe-Instituts, Goethe Centres, cultural societies, reading rooms and exam and language learning centres we have played a central role in the cultural and educational policies of Germany for over 60 years. For more information, please visit our website


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