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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

The approach to teaching Irish in Curaclam na Bunscoile: Gaeilge (1999) is based on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) methodologies. One feature of CLT is the use of authentic text in the classroom. Authentic texts have been defined as ‘real-life text’ containing ‘real’ language. Authentic materials enable learners to interact with real language and content. Learners feel that they are learning a target language as it is used outside the classroom. Reading in Irish in the primary school classroom has historically been based mainly on textbook usage. One challenge of producing textbooks is to ensure that the content is topical and current. This can be an impossible challenge to realise as textbooks go out of date in a short period of time. ‘ELeathanach’ was developed in order to provide a source of topical, authentic reading material in Irish for the upper primary school classroom. ...

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