#ThinkLanguages kicks off!

A great time had by all at #ThinkLanguages

#ThinkLanguages celebrations kicked off today with fun language-related activities, workshops and talks happening in 150 schools nationwide. Transition year students right across the country have been preparing for the event for weeks, and have spent the day immersing themselves in languages and cultures from across the world.

The day kicked off with a pre-recorded opening ceremony with talks from rugby player Ian McKinley and humanitarian Amanda Keane about the benefits that languages have brought to their lives and careers.

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This year for the first time over 2,000 students took part in a national quiz competing against other schools in some quick fire trivia about languages and cultures. Two quizzes were run – one in the morning and one in the afternoon so that schools could fit it into their schedule. Winners on the day were both from Co. Meath schools – well done to the teams from Coláiste Clavin and Coláiste Pobail Ráth Chairn. Well done to everyone who took part!

Now in its fourth year, the Languages Connect flagship event has grown in popularity and more than double the number of students (12,000) are taking part in 2021 compared to last year’s event.

Live workshops were provided to some schools including folk dancing in Polish, Chinese Art, and Japanese Origami. 25 pre-recorded online workshops in a variety of languages and levels of ability have also been provided to all registered schools. Everything from Spanish and Flamenco Dancing, Portuguese and Capoeira, Chinese Art and Russian and Ballet, and lots more can be experienced by the students on the day. 

All registered schools can enter the national award for #ThinkLanguages Champion Team 2021. To enter, the team leader should fill out details about their event here

Check out our social media channels Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see some of the action from the events nationwide!