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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. “Foreign language learning is a strength in our local system which needs to be sustained” (National Curriculum Framework, 2012, p.58).  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.​