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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.).

Enjoy your search!

Label of the day
Spelling Bee

Year 7 (age 11-12) pupils at a successful mixed comprehensive school in Cambridgeshire were the first to benefit from this project, which is now reaching 30,000 learners nationwide. The project encourages Year 7 students to learn key vocabulary in another language and to practice and improve their spelling and memory skills whilst having fun. It also raises the profile of language learning within and beyond the school through class, school and regional competitions. Originally devised in Spanish for schools in the Eastern region, the project has now been replicated across all nine English regions and in Wales, and has included Spanish, French, German and Welsh. The Spelling Bee is run in three competitive stages. The first stage is a class competition. Year 7 pupils learn fifty words from the Year 7 curriculum, which they have to translate from English and spell correctly in ...

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