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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
Group Talk

"Group Talk" is a language learning project, at Wildern School in Southampton, which develops pupils’ ability to take part in spontaneous mini-discussions and debates in the target language. Since last year, and since winning the EAL the first time in 2008, the project has evolved even further and has impacted significantly on language learning. It has now been adopted by many other schools and has been recognised by Ofsted as outstanding practice. The Group talk project was born out of dissatisfaction with traditional formulaic speaking activities, and the need to engage learners through a more dynamic and spontaneous use of language. The project aims to equip language learners with that crucial ability to use spontaneous language, the essential ingredient of real conversations as opposed to formulaic or regurgitated exchanges. Since its conception in 2007, the Group talk ethos ...

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