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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
Christopher Columbus Content and Language Integrated Project

Exploration and the discovery of new worlds have fascinated children for generations but now Christopher Columbus is the source of inspiration for young language learners. This project, run in collaboration with a school in Spain, has linked exploration and discovery with language and made huge contributions to the Year 4 pupils’ understanding of the historical, geographical and cultural aspects. This is a wonderful example of a CLIL (content and language integrated learning) project which can be used early in a child’s language learning experience. The English and Spanish schools planned the content of the project together and taught the project in both languages for a term before exchanging work to help the children with their language study. Pupils were excited at the idea of researching a person in history, a discoverer. This project saw the children involved in a range of activit ...

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