5,000 TY students from 70 schools all across Ireland celebrated #ThinkLanguages on 7th December 2020 – this made it the biggest student event in Ireland that year!
We had a brilliant line-up for our streamed opening ceremony – our MC Zainab Boladale spoke to Des Bishop about how he built a career around learning languages and doing stand-up comedy in Chinese and Irish. Director General of Irish Aid, Ruairí de Burca discussed all the benefits that languages have brought him in his career and how you can use your languages to help people both at home and abroad. Orlaith Tunney, Trinity College Careers Consultant also spoke about career benefits of foreign langauge skills. These all followed an opening address from Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD.
#ThinkLanguages 2020 Highlights
Students enjoyed a variety of workshops and classes in their schools from cuisine sampling to dance, karate, percussion, calligraphy and so much more. See some of the highlights of #ThinkLanguages 2020 on our YouTube Channel
#ThinkLanguages National Award 2020
Well done to the #ThinkLanguages Champion Team at Coláiste an Phiarsaigh in Glanmire, Co Cork who won the overall Champion Team prize – great effort was put into a wonderful event for all involved!
#ThinkLanguages 2019 – Convention Centre Dublin
#ThinkLanguages 2019 was a great success as 3000 TY students from all over Ireland came to the Convention Centre Dublin to learn more about what foreign language skills can add to their lives.
The event kicked off in the main auditorium with a spectacular performance by the Experience Japan Taiko Drum team. Karen Ruddock, PPLI Director welcomed everyone an was followed by interesting and insightful talks from Orlaith Tunney and Silvia Bertoni from Trinity College and Heather Murphy, an engineering student who spoke about her French skills have helped her gain valuable international experience. After this came a fast-paced Italian interpretation session – where everyone could understand Salvo Cacciato & Lily Lee, with the help of European Commission interpreters. Keynote on the day came from Radio and TV broadcaster Hector O’Heochagain, who got the whole auditorium speaking…and even singing in Spanish!
After the much enjoyed International Food Tasting, everyone went to their choice of workshops – with all tastes catered for. Everything from French for the Fashion Industry, Chinese Calligraphy, Linguistics, Interpretation, Taekwondo and Japanese origami helped bring these languages to life for all the students.
They also got the opportunity to meet a huge variety of exhibition stand holders – representatives from many third level language departments, foreign embassy staff, Irish government bodies like Bord Bia and Enterprise Ireland, the European Commission, cultural institutions and many more.
Thanks to all the students who took part in our survey on the day – we’re very happy to report that 91% of you said that you really enjoyed the day and 78% said that the event changed your opinion about the value of foreign languages in the real world. We really hope you enjoyed the day and recommend it to next year’s TY students.
Visit our YouTube Channel to see more highlights from #ThinkLanguages 2019.