|Author(s)||Lobanova-Shunina, t. & Shunin, Y.|
|Editor||P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell, Europe's Future: Citizenship in a Changing World|
During the last two decades, the European Commission and the Council of Europe have taken initiatives to promote multilingualism. The underlying assumption to encourage multilingualism is the need to find a balance between an integrated identity as a European citizen and the necessity of maintaining linguistic and cultural diversity. At the same time, cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe stimulates the development of linguistic unity, which is fundamental to the European integration. Fostering positive intercultural communication requires the development of effective communicative competence, which comprises continuous emotional adjustment to the cultural differences with which we engage in the process of social interaction. To make the process challenging, common interest must be placed over difference. Keywords: Systemic Approach, Language Acquisition, Lifelong Learning, Active Citizenship.