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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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Three Hands (Drei Hände – Tri roke – Tre mani)

Though the lower valley of the River Gail is very close to the neighbouring states of Italy and Slovenia, this area had no multilingual pre-school facility that might have promoted multilingual competence tailor-made for this Alpen-Adria Region, where Slovene, Italian and Austrian communities can be found within a radius of 30 kilometres. That is the situation that gave birth to networking and creating the unified (tripartite) ‘Alpen-Adria-Kindergarten’ called Drei Hände – Tri roke – Tre mani. This project is realized in three locations, and in three languages: Nötsch (A), Tarvisio (I), Kranjska Gora (SLO), in German, Italian, and Slovene, respectively. Kindergarten pedagogues (nursery nurses) are brought in following a rotation system: in each of the three affiliated kindergartens, children’s second and third languages are each present once a week. Kindergarten pedagogues were trained s ...

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