The European Language Label (ELL) has recently launched the 2013 award for innovative language learning projects that encourage new initiatives in language learning.
Winning projects will be able to demonstrate creative thinking and lead to improved teaching provision and learner achievement.
Prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony on 26 September 2013, which is International Language Day. We blogged about last year’s winners in our showcasing languages for mobility, employability and economic growth post.
The European Language Label is part of the Transversal programme. In the UK it is run by CILT, the National Centre for Languages, on behalf of Ecorys.
How do I apply?
The deadline for applications is 21 April 2013.
You can apply online via the online application form or to find out more visit: http://www.cilt.org.uk/home/valuing_languages/european_language_label1.aspx
Is laughter is the best medicine? It certainly seems to be for one of our projects. Health and Humour through the Arts for Seniors, or more often known by their snappy acronym, the HAHA project, looks at the lighter side of active ageing by focussing on humour techniques as a form of health education; using laughter as an antidote to stress and as an aid to promote relaxation and improve the self confidence and general well being of its participants. Recently I spoke to Norma Raynes from Intergen about the inspiration behind the laughter:
As the number of older Europeans increase, there is a need to find new ways of improving the quality of life of older learners and enhancing active ageing. The health benefits that laughter brings are well-known and I was interested in creating a project on this theme, whilst also finding out what promotes laughter in different cultures – so, the HAHA project was born.
Each year we produce a series of publications showing how the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes provide funding for projects and activities all around the UK. These publications are sent directly to elected policymakers and key stakeholders to help raise their awareness of the good work done by the programmes in their country. This year, we would like to share them with you on our blog.
This is the final post of the series, looking this time at how programme funding is benefiting organisations in England.
Since 2007, the Lifelong Learning Programme has awarded organisations and individuals in England over 90 million euro for projects and activities in the education and training sector. Read the rest of this entry »
In my role I have the opportunity to find out about a range of projects you are involved in and I’m lucky to hear about some of the huge impacts our funding has on the lives of individuals. We want to support you all on your funding journey and help more of you to share the stories and impacts from your projects.
That’s why we have overhauled four of our Guidance Notes, to bring our advice right up to date. As well as programme information, these guides contain some useful programme team hints and tips. We have also included new case studies and a range of project tips, written by you, for you.
Learning Together is a guide to working with European partners and includes tips for managing your partnership and ideas for monitoring your activities. It is particularly relevant for people taking part in the Leonardo and Grundtvig programmes; however there are some useful ideas relevant to everyone involved or thinking about getting involved with any area of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
Over the last few months, the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) team have been busy with our Information Days, spreading the good word of funding and offering guidance, advice and hints and tips to budding project managers! From Glasgow to Brighton, we have been meeting with hundreds of participants as you attended our Taster Sessions and took part in our Workshops.
I am very excited about this opportunity. I can’t believe I’ve not accessed this funding before. I can see this funding support staff development as well as helping us with our informal learning support work.
Feedback from a Liverpool delegate
With lifelong learning being at the very core of our programmes, I was really encouraged to hear about one of our participants Michael Mohebbi, who after writing a successful bid for a Comenius project in 2011, decided to build on his own lifelong learning journey. After becoming familiar with the range of benefits offered to students taking part in the Comenius programme, Michael, who works for the University of Liverpool, was inspired to take part in a 3 month Grundtvig Assistantship to experience the benefits first hand. Michael’s Assistantship was at the same organisation, the North Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland, that he was first in contact with through writing the Comenius bid (both Institutions supported the project), illustrating that our funding can interlink whatever your stage of learning. Here he describes why this placement was right for him:
My overall aim and motivation for getting involved was to accelerate my personal and professional development by adding an aspect of European experience to my CV. On a personal level, I really wanted to test myself as a person by taking myself out of my comfort zone and learning to survive alone, as it were, in a different country. My strategy was to undertake a work placement over a significant period of time at a European institution, gaining innumerable experiences, competencies and skills along the way, immersing myself into a new culture and adapting to a new job. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things that most interests me when I talk to participants is their individual list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ that they have for running a successful project. Usually built on experience, often these ‘top tips’ are relevant in all kinds of projects.
Recently, I attended a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation (TOI) Start Up Seminar, where I got talking to Ros Boyce from Belfast Metropolitan College who has recently taken over the reins as Project Manager of The BAREFOOT Trainer project, which is providing short, practical blended courses, useful for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teaching and training across diverse sectors.
Reportedly more than 4 million people visited the Olympic Park for the London 2012 games over the Summer. I was lucky enough to be one of those people and as I arrived at the Olympic Park what immediately struck me was the enormity of the whole event. From the sheer scale of the park, to being greeted by the excellent ‘games makers’, through to seeing proud Olympians holding aloft their medals, the dedication by all involved to make this ‘the greatest show on earth’ totally shone through.
With so many sports on offer, it was quite a challenge to decide which to see, but amongst the several events I saw was the very popular Goalball. This is a game which combines skill, judgement, concentration and excellent spatial awareness as athletes with varying degrees of visual impairment compete wearing eyeshades.
It is now only two weeks until our first Information Day, taking place on the 6 September in Brighton! Come and meet the team and hear about the funding opportunities through the Leonardo, Grundtvig and Transversal programmes.
These events are perfect for you if you are new to the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), as you will be able to attend a Welcome session in the morning, which will give you an overview of the LLP and our programmes. Later on in the morning, you will be able attend two Taster sessions which will give more detail about the specific projects we run. In the afternoon, you can attend an Interactive Workshop on the programme of your choice, enabling you to hone your thoughts into more concrete project ideas, so you leave with a clear plan of your next steps. There will also be case studies from our projects themselves, so you can hear from those in the know exactly what it is like to be a participant – great for picking up hints and tips. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week the Culture and Education Committee met at the European Parliament to discuss the Erasmus for All proposal further. The debate carried on from first exchange of views that took place at the end of May with several new areas being debated including the introduction of Erasmus Masters guarantee facility, involvement of neighborhood countries, programme management and implementation procedures. Based on these exchanges of views, Doris Pack rapporteur is compiling a draft report on the Committees’ recommendations. This will be submitted in early September and voting will take place in the European Parliament in November.
To watch the video:
To view the current proposal in full: