1. European Day of Languages, 26 September 2010
At the initiative of the Council of Europe, Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages is celebrated since 2001 on 26 September.
Throughout Europe, 800 million Europeans represented in the Council of Europe’s 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of our continent, the Council of Europe promotes plurilingualism in the whole of Europe.
2. Spanish On The Rise As A Foreign Language In Eastern Europe
According to a recent report by the Instituto Cervantes, the interest in Spanish language and culture is on the rise in many countries in Eastern Europe. Spanish music, literature, movies, football, as well as tourism and the massive emigration from Eastern Europe to Spain are factors that have influenced the number of people that choose to study Spanish as a foreign language. In countries such as Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Bulgaria, people have become much more interested in the Spanish reality and want to learn more about the culture and its people.