Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 European Language Label! They were presented with their awards at a ceremony in Farmleigh on 30 October. Watch the videos about each winner here, and read the booklet for contact details and information.

Would you like to win a European Language Label award in 2017?

If you are outstanding at learning languages, or if a project you are involved in has significantly improved the quality of language teaching and learning, then you may be eligible for the annual European Language Label award.


The award is coordinated by the European Commission and managed in Ireland by Léargas. It is not limited to European languages, and teaching or learning of any language can be considered. There are two award categories, one for projects and one for individuals. In 2017 the individual category will be for ‘Language Teacher of the Year’.

The project 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. The ‘Language Teacher of the Year’ award recognises exceptional language teachers. Details of the nomination procedure for both awards will be announced in 2017.

Programme priorities for the European Language Label change every two years. The current priorities are:

  • Multilingual Schools and Classrooms – Embracing Diversity in Schools
  • Language-friendly Society – Informal Language Learning
  • Languages for the Future – Languages across all Disciplines and Languages for Integration.

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.

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