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There are between 6000 and 7000 languages in the world and at least half of the world’s population is bilingual or plurilingual, i.e. people speak two or more languages.​

 

Malta has always had a multilingual nature and foreign language learning is a strength in our local system which needs to be sustained.  The wish to foster plurilingual and intercultural competences in the Maltese educational system is a response to European linguistic and cultural diversity and an increasing need for mobility and employability.  Europeans come across foreign languages on a daily basis in the various aspects of their lives.  Bilingualism and plurilingualism entail economic advantages too: jobs are more easily available to those who speak several languages, and multilingual companies have a better competitive edge than monolingual ones.​

 

 

The Ministry for Education and Employment recognises the importance of linguistic diversity and supports language learning as a lifelong task, essential for economic competitiveness and inclusive societies.​  


Celebrating Foreign Languages in Higher Education 

 

A positive approach to foreign languages in all learning contexts is of vital importance both for improving business performance as well as the employment prospects of students. Foreign language proficiency and cultural awareness should be an integral part of an individual’s skills profile in order to avail of growing internationally orientated employment opportunities. 
Foreign languages were celebrated during a Language Day which was held at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary in Naxxar on the 5th of December. The aim of the event was to promote foreign languages in higher education and to offer students the possibility to visit the school and get a taste of what it can offer in relation to foreign languages. Over 400 form 4 students coming from state, independent and church schools from all over Malta attended to the event. Mr Mark Vella from the European Commission and Dr Mario Pace from the University of Malta explained why it is useful to learn foreign languages and how to benefit from the opportunities they provide. A number of students from the school gave exceptional performances when singing in different languages. The event was presented by Dr Phyllisienne Vassallo Gauci and Mr Ronald Borg. 
 The lecturing staff and guidance team at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary illustrated the possibilities available to students to pursue their studies in languages in higher education. A number of language stands where set up and visiting students could gather information and ask questions. Participating students and their accompanying teachers also took part in a language treasure hunt which took place on the vast school grounds. Language students at Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary gave a helping hand in the smooth running of the activity. 
 Distinguished guests from the French and Spanish embassies were present.
 
 
 




 

 
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