#ThinkLanguages is an event for TY students to celebrate and learn about all the benefits of foreign language skills. This year, Languages Connect will be supporting teachers and students to ‘Think Global, Act Local’ by bringing languages to life in their schools and hold their event on Monday 22 November as part of a national celebration. The school-run event includes a virtual opening ceremony and online workshops, competitions and activities provided by Languages Connect paired with an opportunity for schools to host local speakers, live workshops and lots more.
Registration for #ThinkLanguages 2021 closed on 1 October.
Due to high demand, we have unfortunately reached capacity for both promotional and live workshop support. Approximately 12,000 TYs nationwide will celebrate languages together on Monday, the 22nd of November for #ThinkLanguages 2021.
If you still wish to organise an event on November 22nd, there will be lots of online supports available at www.languagesconnect.ie/thinklanguages and on the Languages Connect Social Channels.
Take the time to check out the #ThinkLanguages page on the Languages Connect website and watch some of the videos from previous years. Organise a Champion Team of students who will lead the rest of Transition Year in experiencing and understanding how learning foreign languages can have a real-life impact socially, culturally and professionally.
Champion Team Handbooks and posters will be arriving in all registered schools in early October to help plan and promote your event in the school and wider community.
Your students can plan the day in whatever way suits your schools’ needs. Why not ask a student who is a native speaker of another language to do a beginners language class or reach out to the wider local community and invite speakers to give talks on how languages have played a role in their lives? Your Champion Team can also check out the pre-recorded workshop summaries and choose a selection which will be of interest to your TY group.
This is totally up to you and your school! #ThinkLanguages can be as big or as small an event as you want it to be depending on your individual school context. We suggest dedicating a full day to celebrating foreign languages but you can choose a model which works best for your students.
When planning, use our support materials, check in with our dedicated Facebook group and give yourself plenty of time for brainstorming, deciding on event content and preparing for the big day.
#ThinkLanguages is an event for Transition Year students in registered post-primary schools. The resources we supply, and the live workshop facilitators sent out to schools, will only be provided for TY students.
#ThinkLanguages will take place nationally on 22 November and all pre-recorded workshops and opening ceremony will become available for this date. We want students across the country to celebrate languages on the same day to create a national buzz around language learning. However, if your TY students are not available on this date you can host your event on a later date as access to the online workshops will still be available to registered schools.
Yes, Languages Connect will provide online support and event management kits including Student and Teacher Guides, posters and promotional material for the day e.g., bunting, merchandise and prizes.
A mix of supports including streamed keynote speakers, online workshops, and the chance to have a live workshop or speaker at your school will also be made available to registered schools.
Yes, we will have material, including promotional posters, available as gaeilge this year #SmaoinighArTheangacha
Follow our social media channels and use the tag #ThinkLanguages or #SmaoinighArTheangacha
#ThinkLanguages is a national Irish event, supported by Languages Connect, which engages TY students. Registered participants for #ThinkLanguages receive planning guides, support materials and resources for planning their local event.
If you invite guest speakers and explain you are organising a school event, they may come without charging a fee.
Languages Connect will be sending live speakers to some registered schools and will cover this cost. Unfortunately only the cost of allocated live workshops can be covered by Languages Connect.
There is no time limit, you can organise the workshops as you need. However, we suggest keeping the workshops to 30 minutes to help you coordinate your day with the recorded workshops which are all 30 minutes long.