European Language Label Award 2020


Do you know of a creative, innovative and inspirational language learning initiative, or one that promotes the importance of languages? Then apply for a European Language Label Award in 2020!

The European Language Label (ELL) Award is coordinated by the European Commission. It highlights and rewards innovative initiatives in language teaching, learning and promotion, and brings these initiatives to the attention of the public along with professionals in the languages field.

The ELL is open to all fields of education and training. No project is too big or too small, and both accredited and non-accredited initiatives are encouraged to apply. Whether it’s a football team, university, community group, school, youth group, company, or choir – we want to hear your stories of language learning being brought to life!

ELL applications must support one or more of these seven categories:

  1. A whole school approach to language awareness and language learning
  2. Multilingual schools and classrooms
  3. Language-friendly society
  4. Languages for the future
  5. Increasing awareness and changing perceptions
  6. Using technology to enhance language learning techniques
  7. Newcomers to Erasmus+ and eTwinning

These categories support the award’s aims along with those of Languages Connect. The Digital Strategy for Schools is also supported in category 6.

Apply online now before the deadline of Tuesday 2 June 2020.  Entrants will be notified of the results by 4 September 2020. All winners will receive an award and certificate at the award ceremony in Dublin on Tuesday 13 October 2020. 

Please read the Competition Guidelines, including Terms and Conditions, before applying.

More about the award

Léargas has managed the ELL in Ireland since 1999. More than one hundred fifty educational, training and community groups and language teachers, learners and ambassadors have received the ELL.

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.


Are you worried about the impact Covid-19 has had on young people, learners, teachers and trainers? Need help? Did you know that you can apply for Strategic Partnerships for Digital Education Readiness and Creativity funding? Apply by 11am on 29 Oct! bit.ly/331d2VA

Listen up! 🎧 Two @BCFE_Official students took part in a fantastic feature exploring the #ErasmusPlus experience on the All Points North podcast, so sit back, press play, and hear how JJ and Tirna found their feet in Finland as Erasmus+ students! bit.ly/2Sb6qy1

Join us to celebrate this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects on October 13th! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops! For more info, take a look here bit.ly/3hh7vOS

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Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
LéargasThursday, September 24th, 2020 at 11:00pm
Listen up! 🎧 Ballyfermot College of Further Education shared with us a fantastic interview which took place with two of their students on the All Points North podcast. Sit back, press play, and hear how JJ, Tirna (and more!) found their feet in Finland as Erasmus+ students! 🎧 https://bit.ly/3cyILAW
LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 11:08pm
Join us on October 13th to celebrate this year’s award-winning European Language Label and #eTwinning projects! Oh, and learn how to tell your own project story afterwards at our three storytelling-themed workshops. For more information, just take a look here! https://bit.ly/33m7rs7
LéargasTuesday, September 22nd, 2020 at 1:05am
Big shout out to Youth Information Officers across the country helping young people to explore European opportunities! Hear all about #EUSolidarityCorps from Kasia in Donegal Youth Service! If you'd like to learn more about the programme get in touch with us! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1121673938200487&extid=oBvR7OGZhOp565qR
Donegal Youth Service
Check out this short information video about European Solidarity Corps opportunities for young people aged 18-30! Things are paused due to the current situation, but now is the perfect time to start planning for the future! Where will you go?! Listen to Youth Information Officer Kasia explain it all. Any queries, pop on over to the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre or email Kasia directly on katarzyna.kurzeja@donegalyouthservice.ie
LéargasSunday, September 20th, 2020 at 11:55pm
The #ErasmusPlus project results platform is getting a new look! Our colleagues in Erasmus+ are looking for two organisations to help shape the look and usability at a Design Assessment workshop on Friday 25 September between 10 - 12.
All you need is enthusiasm and an internet connection! If you’d like to take part, send us an email at comms@leargas.ie by 16:00 tomorrow 22 September.
LéargasSunday, September 20th, 2020 at 9:30pm
This week’s Webinar Wednesday is all about language learning in European programmes. Aimed at those in VET and School Education, it will explore multiple topics including:
How the language learning experience is meaningful in the context of participants’ life
How Erasmus+ mobilities impacts participants’ linguistic awareness and confidence
And much more!
If you would like to attend, just register now at https://bit.ly/3gRe4az