A – 2: spreading tolerance and mutual understanding
B – 6: spreading tolerance and mutual understanding
C – 4: that the cost of promoting language learning is modest
D – 1: and assistance in finding jobs in a new country
E – 7: where immigrants are offered an introductory programme
F – 5: that included 1200 hours of language teaching for immigrants
The languages of integration
Every year the European Day of Languages is marked on 26 September. The idea behind the event is to raise public awareness of all the languages spoken in Europe and the importance of language learning in A__spreading tolerance and mutual understanding__. The European Day of Languages celebrates linguistic diversity as one of Europe’s strengths, B__spreading tolerance and mutual understanding__ of school.
The European Union is convinced C__that the cost of promoting language learning is modest__ compared with the professional and personal opportunities lost due to inadequate language skills. That is why many national governments encourage people to learn languages at all educational levels and at all ages during their working life.
Many local authorities provide immigrants with language training, familiarization courses on local society and culture, D__and assistance in finding jobs in a new country__. The latter elements are often provided in the immigrants’ own languages.
One example is from the Flemish city of Ghent in Belgium, E__where immigrants are offered an introductory programme__ including 1200 hours of Dutch, plus 75 hours of civic orientation courses. Hungary developed its national integration policy on the basis of a six-month pilot project called Matra F__that included 1200 hours of language teaching for immigrants__, 700 hours of cultural and legal orientation, and financial assistance with living expenses. The Finnish education system supports the maintenance and development of the mother tongues of immigrants to ensure what it calls functional bilingualism.