What is it?
The European Language Label 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 label 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 label 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?
Here are some examples of language projects that have recently been awarded the label:
The school of St Ilian in Enköping, Sweden, received the special prize of the jury for its participation in the Erasmus+ project Europia: Schule, Arbeit und Leben in 100 Jahren. Find out more about what the school did through their YouTube video and check out other contributions to the project on the blog eurokids100.
The Central municipal school of Malmédy, and seven partner schools in the region (France, Germany, Luxemburg and Belgium) have created an online platform to learn and teach foreign languages in a playful and original way in bilingual, multilingual or specialised classes.
Khaled Ksibe's Danish learning project. Khaled fled from Syria to Denmark four years ago. He quickly learned Danish and wanted to help other Arabic speakers in Denmark to learning Danish. In order to reach the greatest possible number, Khaled decided to use social media. Go and check out, Khaled’s YouTube channel ‘Danish lessons in Arabic with Khaled’ or his Facebook page which has more than 13,000 likes.