European Language Label 2012
Eastside Educational Trust's literature in translation project Translation Nation was awarded the European Language Label 2012 for innovation in primary language teaching. The award was presented to Eastside by Steven Fawkes, Chair of the ELL judging panel at a ceremony held to mark the European Day of Languages at Europe House, the European Commission's UK office in London. In 2012 a total of ten awards were presented to schools, universities and arts organisations from across the UK and Eastside was the only organisation from the London region that was recognised for its new initiative in the field of teaching and learning languages. You can see the full list of winning projects on the European Language Label website.
Translation Nation, run in partnership with the Stephen Spender Trust, introduces children at primary school to literature in translation. The project, which promotes inclusivity of all languages, uniquely links community languages with curriculum focus in literacy including listening skills and use of phonics. Working in small groups under the guidance of literary translators, children translate stories that their parents have shared with them from their home languages into clear, vivid English. The process introduces the children to
literary fiction and by including music and performance, children find it
easy to become engaged and the workshops encourage a more thoughtful, confident, nuanced and imaginative approach to writing in English.
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. The European Language Label is open to all aspects of education and training, with its main focus being to promote innovation in language teaching. By supporting innovative projects, at a local and national level, the Label seeks to raise the standards of language teaching across Europe. Each year, the Label is awarded to the most innovative language learning projects in each country participating in the scheme. It is co-ordinated by the European Commission, but managed by the individual Member States, with national juries deciding on detailed criteria.