eLancenet promotes language learning in general and advocates the learning of less widely used, taught and studied languages.
The project has developed a web portal where information about foreign language services, courses, resources, funding opportunities and language learning events are made available to language learners, including people with specific needs.
The project was coordinated by EuroEd in Romania. For the work done in setting up the portal eLancenet was awarded the European Label for 2004. The European Label is coordinated by the European Commission and is awarded each year to the most innovative language learning projects in each country participating in the scheme.
The Label has two main aims. The first is to encourage new initiatives in the field of language teaching and learning. The second is to let teachers and learners know about such initiatives, and to inspire them to adapt the ideas and techniques concerned to their own situation.
”Small languages – great possibilities?”In connection with a project meeting in Oslo, Vox organised a seminar called “Small languages – great possibilities?” on June 11th 2004. The idea was both to launch the web portal and to celebrate the eLancenet project. These were the main topics of the seminar:
- Presentation of the project in the light of the EU action plan 2004-2006 by project coordinator Anca Colibaba, Director of the EuroEd Foudation
- The challenges to small and less widely used and taught languages and possible strategies for survival, by Sylfest Lomheim, Director of the Norwegian Language Council
- Linguistic diversity and multilingual communication, by Graciela Sbertoli, Head of Unit for International Cooperation at Vox
- European language policies, challenges and consequences, by Frank Heyworth, Adviser to EAQUALS, the European Association for
- Quality Language Services
In addition to the lectures, there were different workshops where the participants could try out their language learning abilities by attending language courses in Romanian, Russian and Dutch.