#ThinkLanguages TY Event

Save the Date: Monday 22nd November 2021

Discover a world of languages and cultures at #ThinkLanguages. Celebrate all the fun and benefits of foreign language learning.


#ThinkLanguages 2020 – Think Global, Act Local

We didn’t want any TY student to miss out on the buzz and excitement of #ThinkLanguages – so we worked together with TY classes to re-create the event in schools on 7th December. We had 5000 TY students registered from 70 schools all across Ireland – so it was the biggest #ThinkLanguages yet!

How did it work in 2020?

We called on TY students, TY coordinators and MFL teachers to manage their own local event with the support of the Languages Connect team. Languages Connect provided online support and event management kits including Student and Teacher Guides, posters, flyers and promotional material for the day e.g. bunting, merchandise & prizes.

A mix of supports including streamed keynote speakers, 14 online workshops in 11 different languages, and the chance to have a live workshop or speaker at your school was also made available to registered schools.

We had a brilliant line-up for our 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 gave a summary about how many types of career benefit from having langauge skills. These all followed an opening address from Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD.

How do you Think Global and Act Local for #ThinkLanguages?

Each school can invite local speakers, workshops and businesses to take part and support their event.

Why not showcase the languages that are spoken in your school and used in your community? Explore how people use different languages in their lives, workplaces and families.

Maybe you can even get the Home Economics students to cook food from different countries and learn some new vocab that way!

#ThinkLanguages Champion Team

We’d like you to appoint a #ThinkLanguages Champion Team of TY students and a #ThinkLanguages Team Lead (TY Coordinator or MFL Teacher) to help organise your event.

#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!

Lots of ideas on our social channels

We would encourage you to follow Languages Connect on social media channels for all the latest ideas and updates! For ideas of how #ThinkLanguages worked in 2020 and 2019, check out the playlist on our Youtube Channel. You’ll find us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

Good luck with your event!

As you will understand, flexibility will be key for all plans this year. Every school is different and it’s not easy for anyone to plan too far in advance. But we hope that together we can make #ThinkLanguages 2020 the best one yet!

#ThinkLanguages 2019 – Convention Centre Dublin

Read about #ThinkLanguages 2019

Check out Youtube for all the videos from #ThinkLanguages 2019.