Exploring the links between language teaching and creativity

Language teaching professionals from across Europe will come together in Tallinn, Estonia, on 16-17 April, to exchange views on how creativity can improve the effectiveness of language teaching. Among the participants will be holders of the European Language Label, the European prize for excellence in language teaching.

Speakers at the conference "Creativity in Language Teaching - Language Teaching for Creativity" will include David Marsh, co-ordinator of an international research team which on behalf of the European Commission currently examines the evidence of links between multilingualism and creativity. The European Commission will present its policy and actions for multilingualism while Estonian authorities will place language-related challenges - and the ways to surmount them - in their national context.

The conference will provide a forum for professionals in language teaching and learning to exchange ideas at international level. In particular, they will reflect on issues related to Content and Language Integrated Learning; on how to raise motivation in the language class and on language learning outside formal education. The conference will be followed by an exhibition open to the general public with over 50 projects, from all the countries participating in the Lifelong Learning Programme, that have received the European Language Label .

European Language Label

The European Language Label is an award that encourages new 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.

By supporting innovative projects, at a local, regional and national level, the Label seeks to raise the standards of language training across Europe. 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 training.

Each year, the European Language Label is awarded to the most innovative language teaching and learning projects in each country participating in the scheme.

Further information

European Commission: The European Language Label