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£2,000 available to 'outstanding' language projects
The annual search for the most inspirational language-learning projects begins this month as schools, colleges, business and other institutions across the UK have the chance to gain European recognition for their language achievements. Prizes include resources and materials from a range of sponsors as well as two awards of £1,000.
The European Award for Languages recognises creative, motivating language-learning initiatives, which serve as inspiration for projects in other contexts, languages and countries. One of the winning projects will be selected by the Mary Glasgow Trust to receive its annual award of £1,000. A new prize, sponsored by the Teacher Training Agency, will see the same amount awarded to the best project by initial teacher trainees.
A business language prize will be awarded to the best project developing language provision to match real needs in the workplace.Special awards will also be made for the best projects involving community languages, French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as primary and adult learners. Projects can involve any language other than English and should be based in the UK. Eligible projects must demonstrate that they are innovative, effective and replicable. The application process is simple and details can be found at www.cilt.org.uk/eal.
Presenting the Awards in 2004, Sir Trevor McDonald said, "The Awards honour the achievements of some of this country’s most outstanding language teachers and learners, who perform a vital role in building up our nation’s capacity in languages, so we can be outward-looking, entrepreneurial, confident of ourselves but not arrogant on the world stage".
The Award is a Europe-wide initiative supported by the European Commission. CILT, the National Centre for Languages, assisted by an advisory group, co-ordinates the Award in the UK. The deadline for applications is Friday 18 March 2005.
For more information about the The European Award for Languages visit: www.cilt.org.uk/eal
Details of previous winners can be found at: www.cilt.org.uk/eal/winners.htm
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