Annual Competition

To celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September, Léargas holds an annual competition to encourage learners and teachers to engage with languages in different ways.

Competition 2019: #EDLComp19

During the academic year 2019-2020, Léargas Languages are bringing you a new European Day of Languages Competition and exciting prizes! Once again we’re organising this year’s competition in conjunction with eTwinning, the online community for schools in Europe. This partnership celebrates collaboration and exchange between schools in different EU countries, and promotes creativity and innovation in language teaching and learning.

The Competition

Create a language-themed project and register it on the eTwinning Platform, adding the hashtag #EDLComp19 to the title.  Both primary and post-primary school projects are eligible to apply. If you don’t have an eTwinning partner, look for one on the eTwinning Live Partner Forums page.

The Prize!

Each of the four winning schools will win three Chromebooks.

How to enter:

Please read the full terms and conditions before you enter!

Create and register your eTwinning project between 26 August 2019 and 31 January 2020 and tag it with ‘#EDLComp19’ in the project title.  Only projects using the hashtag will be entered into the competition.

The deadline for registering your eTwinning project is 31 January 2020.
Applicants must complete and submit a short reflection document by 20 June 2020.


2018: #EDLComp18

In 2018, we invited primary and post-primary teachers to create a language project with eTwinning! #EDLComp18 aimed to engage with language teaching and learning from a new perspective, encourage collaboration and exchange between schools in different EU countries, and promote creativity and innovation in language learning.

These winners received Chromebooks for their classes:

  • Kilglass NS, primary school, Ahascragh, Galway; eTwinning project Our Health is our Wealth
  • St. Vincent’s Secondary School and Midleton College, Cork; eTwinning project Multimedia Quiz on German Language & Culture
  • Salesian College, post-primary school, Limerick; eTwinning project The Power of Reading/El poder de la lectura
  • Manor House School, post primary-school, Dublin; eTwinning project Il y a 100 ans… L’après la Grande Guerre; 100 years ago: Life in Ireland and France in the aftermath of WW1

2017: ‘My Dream Job in…’

In 2017 we worked in collaboration with Euroguidance Ireland from the National Centre for Guidance in Education and asked school pupils to apply for their dream job in the country where the language they are learning is spoken. An opera singer in Salzburg? An engineer in Munich? A chef in Paris? Whatever the dream, it’s always useful to have a language to take you there! Pupils put together a cover letter and Europass CV in a language they are learning and teachers had to select one entry per class to submit. Two winning classes (one each from Junior and Senior cycle) won a trip to a European country to explore the dream career path! Congratulations to:

  • Tullamore College, Riverside, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (Junior Level Winner)
  • Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Tobar Mhaigh Dór, Trá Lí, Co. Chiarraí (Senior Level Winner)

2016: ‘Climate Change in…’

In 2016 we asked pupils, with the help of their language and geography teachers, to report on the effects of Climate Change in a country where the language they’re learning is spoken. The winners were the Third Year students of Christian Brothers’ College in Cork, who wrote about climate change close to home. Read about their winning entry and the many others we received. As their prize the school visited Cloughjordan eco village.

2015: ‘A Day in the Life…’

In 2015 we asked pupils, with the help of their language and history teachers, to choose a historical figure who would have spoken the language the pupil is learning.  Each pupil wrote a diary entry for a day in the life of their chosen person, using that language.

The winning entry came from Lucan Community College, and stood out because of the care and attention paid to all aspects of the diary. Students imagined days in the life of holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, and presented them in a hand-made book. The prize was for one language and one history teacher to take a group of pupils to a European city, and the school chose to visit Bruges, Belgium. Read more about the competition and the winners.

2014: ‘Afternoon Tea in…’

The 2014 competition involved team-teaching between language teachers and home economics teachers. Pupils were asked to create and document a typical afternoon tea from an area where the language they are studying is spoken. Well over 1,000 pupils were involved in the competition and their enthusiasm was very evident from the entries. The first prize went to St Marys College in Co. Wicklow for this wonderful array of baked goods: “Le Goûter / Tae Beag / Kaffee und Kuchen“. The second prize went to Wilson’s Hospital School, Co. Westmeath for their instructional video on how to make scones in Spanish (and wash up afterwards): “Escones para la merienda“. Check our Facebook album of St. Mary’s College students enjoying their prize – a Spanish cooking lesson at Cloughjordan House cookery school!