On December 3 the Commissioner for Protection of State Language Taras Kremin meton line with the Professor Janis Valdmanis, Director of the Latvian Language Agency (LLA).
Having provided insight into the key areas of his activityfor the Latvian colleague, the Commissioner underlined the importance of borrowing the Latvian experience in supporting, promoting, learning and protecting the state language.
In his turn, Janis Valdman is outlined the main tasks of the Latvian Language Agency, established in the early 1990’s as to raising the status and promoting the sustainable development of the Latvian language.
The main ones are the monitoring and analysis of the situation with the Latvian language, the dynamics of sociolinguistic processes, ensuring the support of the Latvian language in Latvia and abroad, increasing the competitiveness of the Latvian language in the country, in the EU countries, in the world.
The developments of the Latvian Language Agency in working out the information andeducational resources for acquiring and improving the state language, and these are the branched network of courses, calendar of regular conferences, workshops, summer language camps, individual lessons, online courses, sites for studying the proper levels of proficiency, including the professional orientation (for police officers, doctors, utility workers, service staff, etc.) are of interest to us.
The courses for parents seeking to teach a literary language to their children as well as the online grammar counselling are of particular interest. It would be interesting to know that outside Latvia there are more than 100 educational institutions with the Latvian language of instruction, including universities. By the way, theUkrainian-Latvian school, whereteachers work and children from the Ukrainian community study,has been functioning in Rigafor years. In 2016 Taras Kremin as a People’s Deputyof Ukrainevisited this institution within the group onparliamentary contacts between our countries and presenteda lot of didactic, scientific methodological and imaginative literature in Ukrainian.
The Commissioner for Protection of State Language expressed his hope for deepening of cooperation with the Latvian Language Agency in the context of Ukraine’s aspiration to join the European Federation of National Institutions for Languages (EFNIL) the member of which isthe mentioned agency. On his part, Janis Valdmanis expressed support to Ukrainein the areas of activities of the Commissioner’s institution in accordance with the principles and priorities of its activities.