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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
Threshold Level in Slovenian

As early as 1975 it was realised that in the process of the unification of Europe, when the flow of people will be faster and simpler, the need for learning languages would sensibly increase. This has led to the project, Threshold Level (Sporazumevalni prag in Slovene), the aim of which is to describe individual languages. The specifications define what non-native speakers need to know in a given language in order to be independent in the country where that language is the means of everyday communication. This project is still alive and the aim of the Council of Europe is to prepare similar specifications for all European languages. In 2002–2003 a Slovenian version of the manual was prepared. The concept of threshold level is linked to communication ability. This is the border or threshold that foreign speakers cross when they are able to independently communicate in a foreign language. ...

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