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European Day of Languages: celebrating UK students' achievements in two international language awards
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Thirteen UK winners of European Language Label Awards will receive their prizes on 26 September – the European Day of Languages - in Europe House, the European Commission's office in London. The awards celebrate innovative language-learning projects and reward creative ways to improve the quality of language teaching. This year’s winning entries were chosen from more than 60 nominations received from schools, colleges, universities, community groups, businesses and other institutions throughout the UK engaged in foreign language teaching and learning. They include: an institution-wide initiative in higher education, an online course and a collaborative wiki, primary school projects in Italian and Spanish and cross-curricular work in Arabic.

    European Day of Languages: celebrating UK students' achievements in two international language awards

    In a separate development, England beat all other European countries to come third in this year's global language competition – the ALL Language Perfect World Championships – one of last year's recipients of a European Language Label Award. The ALL Language Perfect World Championships is an intense online competition that encourages pupils to learn vocabulary, verbs and common phrases from a wide range of languages in order to answer as many questions as possible during the competition.

    Emily Guestfrom the Redhill Academy receives the Top Student Award from the EC Representation in the UK while Arden School receives the Association for Language Learning's Top School Award .

    This is how Ian Edgington, languages teacher at Arden School described the experience and practical outcome of participating in the competition:

    "The Language Perfect World Championships created an air of genuine excitement and buzz around the school. Computer rooms during breaks and lunchtimes were full of students competing against each other and for the benefit of the school. As the competition was just before the GCSE Reading and Listening tests, we created vocabulary learning exercises for all languages for our Year 11 students, who used this material to revise for their exams. Even though the last few days of the competition were during half term, there was no let up by our Key Stage 3 students and many spent many hours of their holiday online, gaining more points. As a department we have seen the success and enthusiasm generated by our students, which we would very much like to harness. " 

    The ALL Language Perfect World Championship Awards will also be presented at Europe House on 26 September.



    Full list of the European Language Label Awards winners

    Detailed information on UK students' and schools' achievements at the ALL Language Perfect World Championships

    More information about the European Day of Languages 

    Reated events in the UK


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    Last update: 24/09/2013  |Top