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Lingua receptiva: Position paper on the European Commission’s Skills Agenda

Jan D ten Thije / Charlotte Gooskens / Frans Daems / Leonie Cornips
  • Maastricht University – Literature and Art, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS), Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences – Dept. of Language VariationNetherlands
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Published Online: 2017-03-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eujal-2017-0003


Through the New Skills for New Jobs initiative, the European Commission wants to (1) promote better anticipation of future skills needs, (2) develop better matching between skills and labour market needs and (3) bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work. With relatively little effort, the use of lingua receptiva can contribute significantly towards achieving these goals. Including it in the Skills Agenda as a “transversal skill” could:– enhance the key competence “Communicating in and learning a foreign language”;

– refine the European Qualification Framework (EQF); and,

– strengthen the Europass.

This position paper1 elaborates on the arguments for including Lingua Receptiva in these policy papers.

Keywords: receptive multilingualism; lingua receptiva; language policy; key competencies; European Qualification Framework


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Published Online: 2017-03-22

Published in Print: 2017-03-01

Citation Information: European Journal of Applied Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 141–146, ISSN (Online) 2192-953X, ISSN (Print) 2192-9521, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eujal-2017-0003.

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