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Catalan language institutions

Here are some of the leading bodies and institutions that promote Catalan in Catalonia and abroad.

The Directorate-General for Language Policy is attached to the Catalan Ministry of Culture. The DGPL is the body in charge of analysing, managing, planning, coordinating and implementing the language policy of the Government of Catalonia. Its portal, llengua.gencat.cat, contains information on courses, tools and resources for learning and improving your Catalan; obtaining official certificates of proficiency; Catalan sign language and Occitan, amongst other things.


The Consortium for Language Standardisation (Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística) was created in 1989 as a result of the wishes of the Government of Catalonia and town, regional and provincial councils to facilitate the knowledge, use and dissemination of the Catalan language throughout Catalonia. 

The Consortium for Language Standardisation offers Catalan courses from beginner to advanced level (C2) throughout Catalonia. Courses can be taken as classroom or distance learning, and as blended or online learning via the Parla.cat platform. It also provides student welcome services, language and cultural activities; language volunteers; and language consultation services for individuals and companies. 

The Institute of Catalan Studies (Institut d'Estudis Catalans) promotes and develops research in the various fields of science and technology but mainly in all aspects of Catalan culture. It is a centre of research dissemination and also hosts initiatives by other institutions closely related to research and culture.

Consult the Institute's publications Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana DIEC2, Diccionari català-valencià-balear and its compilation of Catalan language dictionaries and vocabularies online, and visit the portal CIT de Terminologia de Ciències i Tecnologia .


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The Ramon Llull Institute (Institut Ramon Llull) is a public body created with the aim of promoting, outside Catalonia, the study of Catalan language and culture in the academic sphere, the translation of Catalan works of literature and thought, and Catalan cultural production in theatre, cinema, the performing and visual arts, design and architecture.

The Institute coordinates and provides support for more than worldwide so that they can include Catalan Studies on their curricula. Furthermore, the Ramon Llull Institute is an official certifying body that coordinates examinations for official certification of proficiency in Catalan for people abroad, in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. It also promotes the translation of Catalan works of literature and thought into other languages, helping the publishers and translators, amongst other activities to disseminate Catalan language and culture. 

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The Vives Network (Xarxa Vives) is a non-profit institution that represents and coordinates the joint action in higher education, research and culture of 21 universities from 4 different European countries. Since 1994 it offers a platform leader in services for universities, public and private organizations and the society. Its main objective is contributing to the construction process of this cross-border interuniversity region in the Mediterranean Europe and its social and economic development.

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TERMCAT, the centre for terminology in the Catalan language, was created in 1985 by the Government of Catalonia and the Institute of Catalan Studies. Its mission is to ensure the development and integration of Catalan terminology into all spheres through the provision of quality services, the creation of innovative, quality tools and resources and the standardising of neologisms in all areas of knowledge and activity and to foster its use.

TERMCAT also enjoys high standing in international spheres and regularly cooperates with the work of multilingual terminology networks. Visit its website for digital resources such as Cercaterm, Neoloteca, online dictionaries, an online library and Terminologia Oberta, a directory of terminology repertoires.

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Update:  08.11.2016