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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.).

Enjoy your search!

Label of the day
A Novel Idea

There’s nothing better than getting stuck into a good old adventure story. Except, perhaps, writing one for yourself – which is exactly what the pupils of Mid Calder Primary School and Ecole Antoine Pizon in France discovered with the highly successful ‘Novel Idea’ project. ‘James Walker and the Buried Treasure’ was written, illustrated and published by this group of budding linguists – with alternate chapters in French and English. The pupils would receive a chapter from the French school, and work together to pick out vocab and translate phrases (often surprising themselves with how much they could decode) before continuing the story themselves and sending their chapter over to the French pupils. A blog was set up and the children produced illustrations for each chapter – and parents and other pupils could vote for the school whose work they preferred. In groups, the children the ...

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