#ThinkLanguages TY Event

A great celebration of languages and cultures!

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 don’t want any TY student to miss out on the buzz and excitement of #ThinkLanguages this year – so we are working together with TY classes to re-create the event in schools on 7th December. We now have nearly 5000 TY students registered from 70 schools all across Ireland – so this year is going to be the biggest #ThinkLanguages yet!

How is it going to work in 2020?

We’ve 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 will provide 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 will also be made available to registered schools.

We have a brilliant line-up for our opening ceremony this year – our MC Zainab Boladale will meet Des Bishop and chat about how he has built a career around learning languages and doing stand-up comedy in Chinese and Irish. Director General of Irish Aid, Ruairí de Burca will discuss 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 will also give a summary about how many types of career benefit from having langauge skills. These will all follow 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

After the events in December, we would like all schools who participate to fill in an online submission to enter the #ThinkLanguages National Award 2020. Winners will be chosen in January 2021 and prizes awarded at an online ceremony.

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 2019, check out the playlist on our Youtube Channel. Our Say Yes to Languages campaign that ran all summer also had lots of ideas about how to bring languages to life through music, cooking, dance and lots more! 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.