VMU to Celebrate European Day of Languages

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On September 26th, VMU‘s Institute of Foreign Languages (IFL) will celebrate the annual European Day of Languages. The organizers cordially invite anyone with an interest in foreign languages to attend a special multilingual class that is open to students and members of the public alike.

The topic of the class is “Freedom” – a word to be presented in over 30 languages, an idea to be examined through the perspectives of different cultures from around the world.

The gathering hopes to set a new Lithuanian record for the most languages taught during one event and for the greatest number of participants and foreign language educators assembled. Official record-keeping will be conducted by the agency “Factum”.

According to Director of IFL Prof. Nemira Mačianskienė, both the Council of Europe and the European Union consider respect for diversity in culture and language, as well as an individual‘s opportunity to study language to be essential. In support of these principles, VMU has invested generously in its language program, which now includes courses in more than 30 languages. „Language is freedom; the freedom to cooperate, to understand. It is a force which unites the world. It breaks down the walls between cultures and builds bridges instead. Language brings people together”, explained Prof. Mačianskienė.

In 2001, the Council of Europe declared the 26th of every following September to be the official European Day of Languages, reminding Europeans that there is strength in diversity, and encouraging 800 million people from all 47 member states of the Council to study the languages of foreign countries.

The goal of the day is manifold: to present how the study of foreign languages can facilitate deeper cultural understanding, to promote cultural diversity by showing respect for all languages, and to encourage people of all ages to make foreign language study a lifelong priority.
We invite all of you to join us in celebrating this year‘s European Day of Languages at 1 .m. at Vienybės Square, Kaunas.

Schedule of events:
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Welcome
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – “Freedom” class in 30 languages
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – High school student concert & VMU student introductions

Let‘s make history together!

For more information, please contact:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vilma Bijeikienė
VMU Institute of Foreign Languages
Deputy Director
Phone: +370 37 32 78 45
E-mail: v.bijeikiene@ukc.vdu.lt

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