The knowledge of foreign languages is one of the most important skills in the European Union. A good command of at least one foreign language is gradually becoming one of the key competences which citizens of Europe need for work and education. A long-term objective is for all EU citizens to speak at least two foreign languages. This is of particular importance in the Greater Region, where the knowledge of the neighbour's language is the basis for all forms of collaboration within the region. In particular, universities host large numbers of international students whose mother tongue is different from the language of instruction at the given university; for instance, French or Belgian students in Saarbruecken or Kaiserslautern or German students in Metz or Nancy.

With the larger goal of supporting foreign language education in the Greater Region, the ALLEGRO project (Adaptive Language LEarning technology for the Greater Region) has the following objectives:

- Firstly, to develop advanced interactive language learning tools for German and French focusing on the verbal expression in everyday situations and on the pronunciation of sounds and prosodic patterns which do not exist in the respective mother-tongues.

- Secondly, to make the tools available on the Web in order to facilitate their continuous use by learners and teachers.

- Thirdly, to strengthen the cross-border collaboration between the partner institutions in the areas of speech and language technology and thereby contributing to their international visibility.