What is it?
The European Language Label (ELL) is an award encouraging new initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, the rewarding of new techniques in language teaching, and spreading the knowledge of languages' existence, thereby promoting good practice.
Every year, the ELL is awarded annually or biannually to the most innovative language learning project in each country participating in the scheme. By supporting these projects, at a local and national level, the ELL seeks to raise the standards of language teaching cross Europe. The label can also be awarded to the indiviual having made the most progress in foreign language learning, and the best language teacher.
What does it involve?
The Label is open to all aspects of education and training, regardless of age or methods used. While individual countries can introduce their own requirements, the general criteria for winning an award are that initiatives should:
- Be comprehensive in their approach, with every element ensuring that the needs of the students are identified and met
- Provide added value in their national context, which means a clear improvement in the teaching or learning of languages in terms of quality or quantity
Motivate the students and teachers to improve their language skills
- Be original and creative by introducing previously unknown approaches to language learning
- Have a European emphasis and actively improve understanding between cultures by promoting language skills
- Be transferable as they could potentially be a source of inspiration for other language initiatives in other countries
What has been achieved to date?
A variety of projects have been awarded the European Language Label since the scheme was launched. The 2013 winners included:
Belgium: Wilkommen in Graphoville/Welcome to Graphoville – a downloadable e-learning tool designed to help the user improve his/her German
Ireland: Linguaswap – a website used by students to develop their language skills through links with students in schools in Germany, France, Spain, etc.
Poland: Sign me English – a website that fully uses Polish sign language to help improve students’ understanding of sign language used by teachers
Turkey: Teaching English with Authentic Materials (T.E.A.M) – a project where people can learn English in a real, communicative environment
United Kingdom: Arabic Online – a project to ‘de-mystify’ Arabic and prove that the language is accessible to European learners.
How to apply?
Contact one of the National Agencies for the European Language Label