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European Language Label

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.).

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Label of the day
Language Exchanges

For the last fourteen years, the school has successfully organised language exchanges with a school in Flanders. The course in Dutch, the foreign language, is taught during the last two years of primary school i.e. Years 5 and 6. The project starts in Year 5 with a one-day reciprocated stay in the twin school, during which pupils get to know their counterparts. In the same year, videos, e-mails, letters and other documents are exchanged. In Year 6, the pupils spend three days in the partner school, staying with host families. This is reciprocated. During these stays, many excursions take place, as well as communication workshops. This project, which improves the learning of languages by giving it a purpose, is the domain not only of language teachers but of the whole school staff. This explains why it has lasted so long.
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