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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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Hell's Kitchen/Cucina d’inferno

16 pupils from three partner schools learnt to cook Italian food through the medium of Italian under the direction of masterchef Franco Taruschio. The pupils – half of them complete beginners in Italian – learnt the language in school alongside their cookery training, and all achieved NVQ language units in Italian level 1 in all four skills. The Year 9 (age 13-14) pupils were recruited to the project on recommendation of their teachers and after a formal interview with Franco Taruschio and employers. After three months of Italian lessons, pupils attended the college for four complete days to cook in the professional training kitchens with Franco Taruschio. Italian was used in the kitchen as much as possible and two language teachers joined the group to provide linguistic help to students and to assess them against NVQ criteria. After continuing with their language learning and successful ...

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