Mon, Oct 21st, 2019
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 European Language Label Awards. Representatives of nine innovative projects collected their awards from Dr Deirdre Kirwan at a ceremony in Croke Park Conference Centre on 10 October.
Experience Japan is a Dublin-based community organisation that have set up an annual festival of Japanese culture that brings Japan closer by supporting Japanese language-learning beyond just classroom engagement. This year Experience Japan celebrated their 10th anniversary.
Balbriggan Educate Together National School in Co. Dublin is this year’s award-winning multilingual school for their project Celebrating Linguistic Diversity: European Day of Languages. The school promotes language awareness by involving its students who are speakers of different languages as language ambassadors.
Labhair Gaeilge Liom is a Dublin-based group of volunteers who wanted to address the issue that Irish is rarely heard in public spaces in Dublin. They came up with the Labhair Gaeilge Liom badge: staff working in different shops and businesses across Dublin agreed to wear the badge, inviting customers to speak to them in Irish. The group aims to develop an app that would locate Irish speakers and enable them to contact each other and have exchanges through Irish.
Manor House School in Dublin are the winner of the “Languages for the future” category with an initiative using Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). The project aims to establish CLIL as an integral part of language education and enhances students’ experiences of learning French by teaching History through the medium of French.
Foireann na Gaeilge PDST is a Dublin-based initiative that created new and comprehensive resources for teachers of Gaeilge in medium second level schools and developed these by consulting and collaborating with teachers. The resources consist of colour-coded cards that assist the students in recognising, identifying and using the various components of language and allow them to engage in collaborative work.
Club na Maidineacha Caife is a project based in Co. Dublin that aims to establish Irish locally and visibly in the community. It provides an opportunity for people living in Dublin to meet in 40 different public venues (cafés) and to practise Irish there.
Meánscoil San Nioclás is a post-primary school in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, and their winning project Seanchas Ár Muintire/Oral History: Our Community blends the Irish language with Visual Art. It focuses on the role of ‘oral history’ in relation to people and place.
Comeragh College in Co. Tipperary won for its project eclusion – An exploration of eTwinning and Virtual Reality in the Modern Foreign Language classroom. The project uses technology to enhance language learning techniques, by connecting students in Tipperary with students from a partner school in France. The initiative immersed students in a virtual reality experience that used special cameras to record 360° content about each country’s culture.
Salesian Secondary College in Co. Limerick won its award with a project that helps students form and express opinions through the medium of Spanish, The Power of Reading/El Poder de la Lectura. The project encourages students to read using various media and to educate them about the impact women have had over time. As part of the project, students researched and translated into Spanish the biographies and life stories of twenty ‘wonder women’. They also created a board game called “Lady Who?”.