Lost in Translation: Bustling live gathering goes virtual

by Gazette Reporter

Schools across Dublin joined the Think Languages celebration recently as the annual event was reimagined from a bustling live gathering to a virtual expo.

The school-run extravaganza featured online workshops paired with in-school events as Languages Connect brought its expertise to schools and classrooms nationwide. 

Languages Connect encouraged transition year students across Dublin to join in the celebration which included support packs, online workshops, virtual events, online support portal and downloadable plans, schedules and activities.

In all 16 Dublin schools participated, including Templeogue College, St Joseph’s SS Rush, Colaiste Bride Clondalkin, Fingal Community College  Swords, Our Lady’s Grove SS Goatstown, and St Michael’s Holy Faith SS Finglas.

Workshops available ranged from Spanish Flamenco Dancing and Portuguese Capoeira to colourful beginner classes for Polish and Chinese. 

There was also an opportunity to meet European Commission interpreters, both from Ireland and abroad, who outlined their typical working day and how to get from TY to an interpreting job in the European Commission.

There was also Polish for beginners, Italian taught through cuisine, a workshop on Russian and ballet, Arabic and belly dancing, Chinese for beginners and French and fashion.

It gave students the opportunity to experience and understand how learning foreign languages can have a tangible, real-life impact socially, culturally and professionally. 

Students were encouraged to think about global work opportunities, embrace diversity, be open to a wider circle of friends and the richer life experiences that foreign language skills can offer them.

Karen Ruddock, Director, Post Primary Languages Ireland, said: “TY students are now considering what they will study for their Leaving Cert and beyond. By showing them the benefits that foreign language skills give them in their life and career, we encouraged them to keep up their foreign languages and maybe even take on another language for the Leaving Cert.” 

Launched to support a strong, growing economy while also promoting a multicultural and inclusive society, Languages Connect asserts the necessity for Irish people to learn foreign languages.

For more information visit: https://languagesconnect.ie/thinklanguages/.

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