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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
Drama Across Boundaries

Creativity is at the heart of this project, which was set up to try to increase take-up of MFL by exploring new approaches to teaching. The National Youth Theatre teamed up with Drama Ties Theatre Company in Paris, the Training and Development Agency, the British Council and the French Embassy to provide teachers with authentic drama strategies to use in the classroom. The project began with five schools in the UK exchanging gift boxes with five schools in France – each containing ten items linked to the school’s local community. Volunteers from the National Youth Theatre visited the schools and worked with pupils to devise a play, story, or sequence of ideas to be performed in the target language. Drama Ties in Paris did the same with the French schools and the final performances were exchanged on a DVD and via a dedicated web portal. The outcome was a resounding success, with stude ...

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