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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, which means that 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.​  



European Day of Languages Celebration


The European Day of Languages was celebrated on Wednesday the 30th of October 2019, at Tal-Ħandaq Middle School, St Ignatius College, Qormi.

The event was an opportunity to celebrate languages and language diversity in our schools. During the event students performed in different languages. The event was also an opportunity to award winning students who took part in the T-shirt design and short Film-making competitions organised as part of the Living Languages... Open up new worlds campaign


See photos of the European Day of Languages Celebration here​

See more information about the school competition winners here


The benefits of speaking different languages


See more here​​


I Choose Careers Fair 2019


The I Choose Careers Fair 2019 took place at the Excelsior Hotel, Floriana on the 19th  and the 20th of July.  The event was intended for students finishing secondary and post-secondary education about to take an important decision regarding their future. Such a decision demands that students and their parents are properly informed about the opportunities that are available in the post-secondary and tertiary sector. The Event was organised by The Ministry for Education and Employment with the aim of helping young people to be better informed and capable to take fundamental life decisions, with the intention of and commitment towards safeguarding their future.


During their talk entitled Languages for any career, Dr Phyllisienne Vassallo Gauci  and Dr Mario Pace spoke about the importance of foreign languages and their relevance in today’s globalised world for mobility, employability an competitiveness.​​





Living Languages campaign to promote value of foreign languages launched

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Playing, teaching and discovering the EU





The European Commission recently launched a brand new website - Learning Corner - targeted at primary and secondary school pupils, their teachers and parents. Available in all EU official languages on Europa, the Learning Corner is a rich repository of free games, quizzes, learning and teaching materials focusing on the EU and its benefits for European citizens. Children are invited to play games on a wide array of topics such as climate change, cultural heritage, languages or agriculture, and teachers can find a valuable collection of resources to help them teach students about the EU and how it works.

The Learning Corner also provides further information for teachers looking to network with their peers, and for young people on working, studying, volunteering, and other opportunities.

The Learning Corner platform complements the European Commission’s range of corporate publications on the EU, which are available to everyone who wishes to learn more about Europe as a whole or a specific EU topic.

All publications can be ordered via the Publications Office of the European Union




Representatives from the Court of Justice of the European Union speak about the benefits of speaking different

Representatives from the Court of Justice of the European Union visited a number of Secondary and Post-Secondary schools in Malta between the 1st and 5th of April to deliver presentations to students about the importance of speaking different languages. The presentations were organised by the Ministry for Education and Employment, in collaboration with the Court of Justice of the European Union as part of the “Living Languages…. Open up new worlds” campaign.


The presentations were delivered by Maltese lawyer linguists from the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Court of Justice is one of the main institutions of the EU, and is responsible for deciding cases brought before it by Member States, EU institutions or national courts under EU law. Like all other EU institutions, it utilises the 24 official languages of the EU, including Maltese.  It currently employs 36 Maltese nationals, including three judges. The Court is based in Luxembourg.


The Maltese lawyer linguists talked about their experience living and working abroad, in a rich multicultural environment, as well as what they do in their work. They highlighted the benefits of learning foreign languages, besides Maltese, and how this course of study could enhance students’ future career prospects.


Encore Magazine article on the importance of Foreign Languages

Please click here​ to view.​​


Language Training Programme - Sponsorships for French and German


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Posted by Edukazzjoni on Wednesday, March 14, 2018