The European Day of Languages (EDL) is 26 September every year. It is a day to celebrate the diversity of languages across Europe and is a chance for schools and all organisations to:

  • alert the public to the importance of language learning
  • increase awareness and appreciation of all the languages spoken in Europe
  • encourage lifelong language learning.

EDL is an initiative of the Council of Europe and began in 2001. Find information, resources and interactive games on the European Day of Languages website.


Are you a teacher and do you want to help your students celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September?  Whether you teach in a primary or a post-primary school, you may have students who speak different mother tongues. You may want to help them celebrate their linguistic heritage, or encourage your students to see the beauty of a multilingual society.  No matter your students’ age and background, languages are there to be spoken and we are here to help you celebrate them!

Each year we supply resources to help teachers and others celebrate the day. We will have a link to request materials later in 2020. The EDL website also has a range of interactive games and resources available for language teachers and learners.


Every year Léargas hold an annual competition to promote language learning. Check our competitions page to see what we’ve done in previous years and to check for updates for this year.


The European Day of Languages is a perfect way for teachers or learners of ANY language to celebrate language learning and language diversity. Language learning brings benefits to young and old: you are never too old to learn a language and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up! Knowing even a few words of another language can help us to understand and appreciate other cultures and their differences.

Our Schools team are available if you have queries about the #ErasmusPlus School Education deadline on 23 April. If you want to learn more about Erasmus+ KA229 School Exchange Partnerships read Tomás' blog here: leargas.ie/blog/ka229-app…

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Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
LéargasMonday, April 6th, 2020 at 2:01am
Our Schools team are available if you have queries about the #ErasmusPlus School Education deadline on 23 April. If you want to learn more about Erasmus+ KA229 School Exchange Partnerships read Tomás' blog here: https://www.leargas.ie/blog/ka229-application-tips/
LéargasSunday, April 5th, 2020 at 11:27pm
If you'd like to learn more about #EUSolidarityCorps you might benefit from this SALTO MOOC. There's new content being delivered at 18:00 CET tonight and all the course can be accessed online. Sign up here: https://hop.salto-youth.net/courses/ESC
LéargasSunday, April 5th, 2020 at 11:23pm
There's still time to register for our online application workshop for #EUSolidarityCorps tomorrow from 10:00-12:00. Visit our Eventbrite page to register your place! bit.ly/ESCOnlineApplicationWorkshop
LéargasFriday, April 3rd, 2020 at 11:00pm
We are taking our #ErasmusPlus Youth Application Workshop online with our live webinar on 08 April from 10.00am-12.00pm. If you're applying for KA105 (youth exchanges, youth worker mobility) or KA347 (support for policy reform), be sure to register: https://bit.ly/YouthWebinar08April
LéargasWednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 10:52pm
Great to see that so many #ErasmusPlus projects are keeping the connections going though online meetings during these strange times! We'd love to hear your tips about how to stay in touch.