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basic information

Title of the Project
I speak football-Learn a language 2008
Brief description
Target groups:
- Footballfans, especially young ones
- Raise awareness on the European linguistic diversity and multilingualism
- Use EM 2008 to motivate people to learn foreign languages
- Creating a positive image for language learning, endorsed by European Footballstars
- Radiospots and programmes were produced, which can be downloaded from the web site
Target Language
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Irish, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Norwegian, Icelandic
Adult Education
Further Information



Language skills do not just benefit footballers. It’s also an ability required by many people in our modern international world. There are personal advantages, but also the understanding of other languages is a big step to understanding another culture, and therefore a means against xenophobia and racism.


Improve language skills related to a specific domain, ie. football, in order to increase mobility, to motivate a certain target group of learners, to increase cultural awareness and therefore a means against xenophobia and racism.


Learners'motivation is very easy to foster when they are really interested in the specific domain focused.
The best strategy to evaluate the project's impact are the contributions to the project blog. Also, teachers from all over use the site with their students.


Multilingual radiospots, interviews and podcasts(available for download on the project's website). They are broadcast by stations all over Europe and can also be played in football grounds before matches and at half-time. The spots present a football atmosphere in a multilingual, context, with phrases and statements from football stars on languages, sports, and intercultural cooperation.
Posters and postcards with football phrases in different languages (which can also be downloaded or ordered).

Why the European Language Label?

confirmation for the originality of the theme

Activities following the award of the European Language Label

The project website continues to be accessed by old and new users in different languages

Assessment of the Impact of the European Language Label

Benefits for the initiative having received the ELL: recognition of the high level of quality for the project and for its activities and products.
Impact of the initiative following the awarding of the ELL: more participants involved in the project, more initiative, more quality in the activities and in the products that are obtained.

Recommendations for future applicants for the ELL

Creativity in the key-word. If target groups are interested in a certain subject, language learning and improvement comes naturally, during and after the project lifetime.


Consistency with European Policies in the field of Language Learning

The project is consistent with the current policies. It is focused on learning through task based activities, it aims at improving specific languages skills which can help in case of mobility. It also involves a cultural dimension and collaboration in a multicultural team).

Consistency with European, National and yearly priorities

The project is consistent with the European, National and yearly priorities.
It provides added value, it motivates the students and the teachers to improve their language skills, it is original and creative.



The project is creative; it complies with all the criteria for ELL assessment.

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Comments on this Case Studies

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Date: 2014.10.20

Posted by Viorela (Romania (Prosper ase))

Message: Using learners\' hobbies as a pretext to teach them languages is a great ideea! I saw projects based on cooking, other sports, music... They are very inspiring for teachers.

Date: 2014.10.02

Posted by Aneta Voycheva (BG)

Message: Another interesting environment for accommodation of languages. It could be further supported and explored since it\'s a topic of common interest among a huge amount of people in Europe and beyond. Also it overlaps with other important topics like fighting racism and xenophobia.

21 December 2014

Audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project

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