A – 1: funding a number of educational programmes
B – 3: which includes language teaching and learning
C – 7: which enhance the impact of language teaching and learning
D – 4: and the languages of the EU’s major trading partners
E – 5: where details about the application procedures are given
F – 6: where details about the application procedures are given
Promoting language learning
The European Union (EU) is committed to supporting the rights of its citizens to personal and professional mobility, and their ability to communicate with each other. It does so by A__funding a number of educational programmes__ to promote the teaching and learning of European languages. These programmes have at least one thing in common: they cover cross-border projects involving partners from two, and often three or more, EU countries.
The EU programmes are designed to complement the national education policies of member countries. Each government is responsible for its own national education policy, B__which includes language teaching and learning__. What the EU programmes do is to create links between countries and regions via joint projects, C__which enhance the impact of language teaching and learning__.
Since 2007 the main programmes have been put under the overall umbrella of the EU’s lifelong learning programme. All languages are eligible for support under this programme: official languages, regional, minority and migrant languages, D__and the languages of the EU’s major trading partners__. There are national information centres in each country, E__where details about the application procedures are given__.
The cultural programmes of the EU also promote linguistic and cultural diversity in a number of ways. The “Media” programme funds the dubbing and subtitling of European films for F__where details about the application procedures are given__. The “Culture” programme builds cross-cultural bridges by supporting the translation of modern authors into other EU languages.