Language is essential to all societal activities.
In language education, all languages are taken into account without playing them against each other.
Languages are learnt in everyday life, hobbies, education and at work – wherever people use languages. All these ways of learning are recognized, acknowledged and made use of in decision-making and implementation of language education.
The main purpose of the network is to influence decision-making about language education policies in a way, which is based on research findings, and on the practical expertise, competencies and experience of practitioners in language education policies.
This activity is supported by:
- spreading information about current issues in language education
- carrying out research on language education policies, and
- giving lectures and in-service training on language education policies.
The network’s goals and mission are put into practice with the help of annual themes. This year the theme is language, education and technology (2022).
The earlier themes were multilingualism (2010), language and communication skills in working life (2011), teacher education (2012), minorities (2013), skills and competencies (2014), language education and economy (2015), networks and cooperation (2016), multilingualism of the individual, education and society (2017) and languages in municipalities (2018), language aware vocational education and training (2019) and language reserve of Finland (2020, 2021).