Welcome to the ELL database for innovative projects in language teaching and learning.
This database contains projects that have received the European Language Label since 1999
(for the pilot phase 1998-99, please refer to "The European Label:
catalogue of projects 1998-99").
The database aims to inspire practitioners, stakeholders and policymakers by presenting "best practices" in the field of
language teaching and learning.
The European Language Label is awarded to local, regional, and national projects that have found creative ways to improve
the quality of language teaching, motivate students, make the best use of available resources to diversify the languages
on offer, and other innovative initiatives.
You can search the database according to a number of different criteria:
■ Year of the award
■ Projects by country
■ Educational sector(s)
■ Pedagogical theme(s)
■ Target language(s) of the projects
You can also combine up to all of these criteria to conduct a more focused search.
Your query will generate a list of the projects and individuals that have been awarded Labels – just click on the names to learn more (contact details, etc.).
Enjoy your search!
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Two-Way Immersion Teaching in Biel/Bienne: Multilingual Schooling at the Filière Bilingue (FiBi) State School
Biel/Bienne is Switzerland's largest bilingual town, and therefore offers a unique environment in which to set up a multilingual school from first grade upwards. Canton Berne is running a pilot project entitled Filière Bilingue (FiBi) in Biel/Bienne. It began in the 2010/2011 school year. The concept for this state school is based on the principle of two-way immersion teaching. Classes are split half and half between French-speaking and German-speaking pupils. The Filière Bilingue also fosters the integration of children – referred to as allophones – whose mother tongue is neither of the two teaching languages.
Lessons are equal parts German and French, according to the "50/50" model. This allows language skills to develop not only in response to teaching, but also thanks to contact between pupils during break times or on the way to school. By definition, two-way immersion teaching requ
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