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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.​ 

 

 

 

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Foreign Languages at the “I Choose” Career Fair 

 

Careers in Languages have been promoted at the I Choose Careers Fair on the 8th of July at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. During her talk, Dr Phyllisienne Vassallo Gauci explained why it is useful to learn a foreign language and how to benefit from the opportunities it provides. Dr Vassallo Gauci mentioned a number of careers which are available for students who study foreign languages and illustrated the possibilities available to students to pursue their studies in languages in higher education.
Following the talk, a discussion took place during which a number of questions were asked by the students present with the aim of helping them make informed decisions about their careers in languages.
 
Photo - Minister for Education and Employment,  
Hon. Evarist Bartolo attends the launch of lifelong learning
courses for the year 2017/2018
Language Use for Adult Learning at the launch of Lifelong Learning courses for 2017-1018
  
The Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Innovation within the Ministry for Education and Employment launched its learning programme for courses starting in October 2017. From 12 July to 4 August, the Directorate will be receiving applications for around 458 adult learning courses in 90 different subjects.
The adult learning programme includes courses in essential skills including reading and writing, maths, and ICT for beginners. The offer also includes accredited courses at various levels in 12 languages including Maltese, English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
Interested applicants should apply by logging on to the website www.lifelonglearning.gov.mt or in person from 8.30am till noon at the Ministry for Education and Employment, Great Siege Road, Floriana (tel: 2598 2291, 25982292).
During the launch of the Lifelong Learning courses, Dr Mario Pace (Senior Lecturer, University of Malta), gave a presentation on Language Use for Adult Learning.
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