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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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Foreign Languages Zoo Trip

This project has embedded the theme of a zoo into the scheme of work for Year 7 pupils and involves local zoo staff in creating a specially adapted environment to get pupils off to a good start in French. Preparatory work centres on the vocabulary and language pupils will need for a zoo visit. Then all pupils take part in a day trip to Newquay Zoo in which they are exposed to nothing but French. The zoo is mapped and signed in French, and all activities and exercises are conducted in French in a specially prepared workbook. There is a puppet show, a talk about the zoo’s pet python and even a French café. The involvement of zoo staff provides an important message to pupils that languages are useful for many types of work and that you do not have to speak the language perfectly to communicate effectively. Pupils are immersed in a French environment in their own backyard without th ...

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