1. 歐盟尊重各種語言，遵行輔助原則以輔助性的角色處理語言教育相關的事務，語言教育相關政策仍以各會員國的相關政策為主，歐盟則為各會員國提供歐盟層級的發展空間及經驗交流，而非建立一個統一的語言教育政策。 2. 鼓勵及早學習外語，認為早年學習外語對學生的語言能力、對其它外語及文化的積極態度、自信等皆有正面效果。 3. 歐盟的語言教育政策有助於人民對歐洲產生認同感，對於歐盟整合有正面的影響。 4. 終生學習成為歐盟語言教育政策的趨勢。 The initial point of EU development is on political and economical affairs. In the 1950s the six founding countries decided four official and working languages of the community institutions. Fifty years later the situation has changed dramatically due to the fifth enlargement of official languages explosively increased up to 20. Although EU has multilingual environment, it still has some problems. The main language problems of EU are the complex use of different languages, the translation cost of official papers, and the regional or minority languages. These obstacles make language learning policy of EU become much more important.
This study bases on principle of subsidiarity and language equality. The purpose of this study is to discuss the progress, the present situation, the result, the future trends and the future challenge of the development in the language learning policy of EU. Chapter 1 elaborates on the purposes, motives, scope, method, structure limitations, and some keywords of this study. Chapter 2 analyzes the background of the development in the language learning policy. Chapter 3 discusses the background and content of language learning programmes and activities. Chapter 4 evaluates the language learning policy. Chapter 5 is the conclusion.
There are some conclusions of this study:
1. EU respects all kinds of languages, and follows the principle of subsidiary. Based on the subsidiary principle, EU has limited power on language affairs and can’t force member states to set up an unique language learning policy. 2. EU thinks it’s good to learn English as early as possible. Learning foreign languages earlier can enhance the ability and confidence of foreign languages. 3. Language learning policy helps people have the awareness of EU, and it has positive effect on European integration. 4. Lifelong learning becomes the trend of language learning policy.