European Language Label

The European Language Label for innovative projects in language teaching and learning

The European Language Label is a Europe-wide initiative, supported by the European Commission to promote best practices in Modern Language learning. It is an award that encourages new innovative and effective initiatives in the field of teaching and learning languages, rewarding new techniques in language teaching, spreading the knowledge of their existence and thereby promoting good practice.

The Label is open to all aspects of education and training, regardless of age or methods used, with its main focus being to promote innovation in language teaching. By supporting innovative projects, at a local and national level, the Label seeks to raise the standards of language teaching across Europe.

Applications may be submitted by schools, colleges, businesses and other institutions involved in language teaching.

Each year, the Label is awarded to the most innovative language learning projects in each country participating in the scheme which have found creative ways to:

  •  improve the quality of language teaching;
  •  motivate students;
  •  make the best of available resources to diversify the language offer.

Award-winning projects provide a potential source of inspiration for others, in different languages, contexts and even different countries, underlining the importance of the criteria that the project be replicable.

All projects awarded the ELL will receive a certificate signed by the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism, Ms Androulla Vassiliou, and by the national Minister responsible for Education.

The European Language Label is coordinated by the European Commission, but managed on a decentralized basis by the individual EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Turkey, with national juries deciding on detailed criteria.


The European Criteria for awarding the European Language Label

For applications to be considered eligible for an Award under the European Language Label, they must demonstrate that they are: Innovative, Effective and Replicable.

National Juries are then appointed to decide on which projects shall be awarded the ELL. They do so according to a number of criteria agreed at European level. These include:

Initiatives should be comprehensive in their approach. This means that every element of the language project – from students to teachers, from methods to materials – should ensure that the needs of the students are identified and met.

Initiatives should provide added value in their national context. This means a tangible improvement in the teaching or learning of languages, either in terms of quantity or quality. “Quantity” might refer to the project stimulating the learning of several languages, particularly those that are less widely used, whereas “quality” might refer to the introduction of an improved methodology.

Initiatives should motivate the students and teachers to improve their language skills.

Initiatives should be original and creative. They should introduce previously unknown approaches to language learning, but also make sure they are appropriate to the students concerned.

Initiatives should have a European emphasis. They should be adapted to Europe’s linguistic diversity and make use of this advantage – for example, by liaising with contacts across national borders. The initiatives should actively improve understanding between cultures by promoting language skills.

Initiatives should be transferable. They might potentially be a source of inspiration for other language initiatives in different countries.


The European Language Label – Priorities for 2016-2017

The European priorities for the 2016 – 2017 priorities Label Campaigns can be downloaded from here

The 2017 priorities will be uploaded shortly.


ELL Guidelines for Implementation


Application procedure

Applications are invited from schools, colleges, universities, businesses and other institutions engaged in foreign language initiatives, which are innovative, effective and replicable.

Applicants will be required to answer a number of questions about their project in the application form. These include (amongst others):

  •  What are the aims of the project?
  •  When was it started and how is it funded?
  •  What is the main language involved in your project?
  •  Does the project involve ICT?
  •  What are the project activities?
  •  What has the project achieved so far?
  •  What else is planned to develop the project further?
  •  How could this project be replicated in other contexts?


Judges will be looking for projects, based in traditional or innovative learning environments, which bring its participants added value in terms of competence and motivation.

Projects should also be as comprehensive as possible, reaching beyond small groups of learners. Evidence of institution-wide support for the project and indeed its overall impact would also strengthen applications.

Projects can involve any language other than English, but should include an international dimension. Award-winning initiatives will serve as a potential source of inspiration for projects in other contexts, languages and even other countries.


How to Apply

The application form can be downloaded from here This needs to be submitted to the address below together with any supporting evidence for consideration by the judging panel (photos, resources etc):

European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA)
ex-Royal Navy Military Hospital
MTF 1140


Friday 13th October, 2017

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