Could you—or a teacher you know—win a European Language Label award in 2017?

If you are involved in a project that has significantly improved the quality of language teaching and learning, you may be eligible for the annual European Language Label award! If you know an outstanding language teacher, you can nominate them for ‘Language Teacher of the Year’ in the individual category. Download the 2017 poster now and spread the word!

The European Language Label is coordinated by the European Commission and in Ireland is managed by Léargas. The awards are prestigious and presented at a public ceremony in September each year. Previous winners have said that “receiving external validation from such a respected organisation was a huge boost for the organisation and our team”. The European Language Label is not limited to European languages; teaching or learning of any language can be considered.

2017 European Language Label: Project Category 

This category recognises creative initiatives that improve teaching provision and learning achievement. Projects can be based in traditional or innovative learning environments, and must bring added value to participants in terms of competence and motivation. Evidence of institution-wide support for the project and its overall impact also strengthens applications. Projects have to take place during the year in which they apply for the award, and most of all they must be innovative, effective and replicable.

Download the Project Application Form and apply by 28 February 2017.

2017 European Language Label: Individual Category, Language Teacher of the Year

This category recognises outstanding language teachers: individuals who are passionate, enthusiastic and who inspire their pupils. Teachers should show commitment to imaginative and high quality language teaching, and have excellent knowledge of their subject.  Contenders for this award must be nominated by others, rather than apply themselves

Download the Teacher Nomination Form and submit it by 28 February 2017.

Programme Priorities

  • Multilingual Schools and Classrooms – Embracing Diversity in Schools
  • Language-friendly Society – Informal Language Learning
  • Languages for Personal Fulfillment.

Winners are selected by a National Jury of language experts, and the selection process may include a visit to the projects or interviews with the nominated learners.  A complete list of previous winners across Europe is available on the ELL European Database.