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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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Shakespeare for Kids

Shakespeare in Italian? Surely a project for high-flying sixth-formers in an independent school? Not at all. This is a project which took primary, secondary and special school kids from one of Manchester’s most deprived areas to Bologna’s Piazza S Stefano to perform ‘Shakespeare’s greatest Italian hits’ – twelve plays in all – for a huge audience including the UK Ambassador to Italy. The performance was ‘a fun, fast-moving show with music, dance, poetry, song and the words of William Shakespeare in both Italian and English’. It included dramatic scenes from all Shakespeare’s Italian-based stories, from the murder of Julius Caesar to the famous Romeo and Juliet balcony scene. The children used their Italian not only on stage but with their Italian counterparts during their six-day stay in Bologna. The project was co-ordinated by Wythenshawe Education Action Zone who brought together ...

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