We are proud to announce that the Linguapeace
Europe Project is one of the 10 Helsinki
Awards 2006 winners for best practice.
prize was announced at the meeting
the European ministers by the EU Commissioner
Ján Figel and the Finnish Minister
of Education and Science Antti Kalliomäki,
who presented the awards on 4 December,
and the 10 awarded projects were then
presented at the Conference "From
Copenhagen to Helsinki" held on
5th December 2006 in Helsinki, Finland,
which supplemented the Ministerial Meeting.
project is also included in the Best
Practice Projects Compendium (2000-2006)
- special publication of the European
More information here
Conference materials here
Helsinki Award 2006 winners here
Linguapeace Europe builds on the
success of the original
Linguapeace project to design and pilot language training
materials for military, police and other peacekeeping
personnel. With the increase in the size of Europe in
May 2004 and the increasing number of missions in which
military personnel are required to participate, the need
for training in communication is ever more pressing.
For effective joint operations and activities to take
place, military and police personnel need to be not only
communicatively competent, but often they need to possess
a high degree of fluency and accuracy.
Linguapeace Europe expands the
initial group of four to a
group of 11 countries and increases the level of language
ability from intermediate (European Framework B1) to
an outcome of advanced (European Framework C1). The group
aims to create and pilot English language training material
for subsequent use and to create a larger glossary of
military terms in 11 languages. The group draws on its
considerable experience in military language training
and in setting and administering military languages examinations,
as well as a large number of contacts within the professions,
to produce material that is pragmatic, has clear outcomes
and is instantly useable in the field.
This project is being
carried out with the support of the European Community in the framework of the
Leonardo da Vinci 2 programme.
content of this project does not necessarily reflect the position of the European
Community or the National Agency, nor does it involve any responsibility on their