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The 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

A journey on the Orient Express

From France to Switzerland, Morroco to the Ivory’s all aboard the Orient Express for Year 7 pupils at the Macmillan Academy in Middlesborough! Language teachers have teamed up with the geography and drama departments to create a project based on the great train trip, taking a virtual journey through French-speaking countries of the world. The project takes place in the first half term for new Year 7 pupils, helping to smooth the transition from primary to secondary school. Pupils meet the same fictional characters, scenarios and teaching techniques in all lessons in all three departments; in Drama the story developed as a Murder Mystery, while in Geography pupils learnt about countries visited. Meanwhile, in French lessons pupils discovered Paris and learnt how to shop for travel necessities, food and clothes – all showing the importance of languages in everyday life. The p ...

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