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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
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■      Educational sector(s)
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■      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
Alphabétisation des adultes sourds/Literacy Courses for Deaf Adults

Target audience: illiterate and deaf adults Context: In the course of 1996, the “Collectif Alpha” looked into introducing courses targeting deaf adults. A great need existed, with more than 80% of deaf adults being illiterate, unable to read and understand a simple everyday text. This percentage is all the more astounding given the fact that the majority of deaf people spent a long time at school. However, the teaching options advocated in schools preclude the use of sign language, with learning primarily based on oral work. On reaching adulthood, the majority of the deaf are unable to understand either sign language (which they could use but have never been taught) or oral French (which they have been taught, but can hardly use). With no command of a complex language, the deaf only have very rudimentary skills in written French. The project: The Alpha-Signes training centre ...

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