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Languages Week

Languages Week NI

Celebrating Languages Together

NICILT is delighted to launch a brand new Languages Week for Northern Ireland which will take place between 30 January and 3 February 2023. Join us for a week of activities to help showcase the range of languages spoken across Northern Ireland, celebrate multilingualism and shine a light on the great work that is happening in schools to forward the case for languages. For inspiration on how to celebrate languages in your school, take a look at the resources and activities available below. Register your Language Week events in your school so that we can celebrate languages together!

Activities and Resources
Language Week Globetrotters
Explore the world from the comfort of your classroom!

Designed for pupils in KS3, the Languages Week Globetrotters series takes pupils on a journey around countries and regions where French, Irish, German and Spanish are spoken. These short PowerPoints, designed to be delivered during the morning form class, look at a different language each day with the aim of giving pupils the opportunity to learn more about the most commonly taught languages in our schools. For the fifth day, why not challenge some of your pupils to deliver an assembly on a cultural topic related to a language they are learning or the languages they speak at home! Alternatively, you can challenge your pupils' learning from the week with the Globetrotters Quiz.

Globetrotters Quiz
Globetrotters day 1

Join us for a journey around Gaeltacht areas of Ireland

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Globetrotters Day 2

Learn about different countries in le monde francophone

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Globetrotters Day 3

Explore Berlin and learn about all the city has to offer

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Globetrotters Day 4

Take a gastronomic tour of the Spanish-speaking world

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Essay Writing Competition
A-Level Irish

In celebration of our first Languages Week, NICILT hosed an essay writing competition for A-Level pupils of Irish on the importance of learning languages. The first prize went to Eimear McKerr from St Catherine's College. Second prize went to Eva Scott from St Louis' Grammar school and third prize went to Seosamh Ó Coinne from St Mary's Grammar School. Well done to everyone who submitted an entry!

Winning entries
Poster Competition

In collaboration with the School of Arts, English and Languages, NICILT hosted a Poster Competition for Year 9 Language pupils to help us redesign our Languages for Employability posters. Pupils designed poster on one of two themes; "Why choose a language for GCSE" or "The importance of Languages in the Global Workplace". We received 350+ entries from 45 schools across Northern Ireland. The overall winners were Hannah McFarland from Ballymena Academy and Odette O'Donnell from St Catherine's College, Armagh. Congratulations to Hannah, Odette and the 20 pupils who also received commendation awards.

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