To celebrate the European Day of Languages on 26 September, Léargas holds a competition to encourage learners and teachers to engage with languages in different ways. This year’s competition connects languages with geography to explore climate change. The deadline for entries is Friday 28 October 2016 and the prize is an environmental field trip in a European country.

2016 Competition: ‘Climate Change in…’
Download the competition entry form

Pupils, with the help of their language and geography teachers, choose a country where the language they are learning is spoken and find out:

  • how climate change is viewed there
  • what effects climate change has had so far
  • what is being done to prevent it.

Pupils can enter as individuals or as a group of no more than three.  They must complete a report (maximum two A4 pages) in any Modern Foreign Language taught at their school, or Irish. An entry form must accompany each entry. Entries will be accepted by post or email until Friday 28 October 2016. See the entry form for full details.

2015 Competition: ‘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 in our blog.

2014 Competition: ‘Afternoon Tea’

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!

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Here they are dishing up some healthy food at our our 2016 #LeargasForum!

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Léargas is a not-for-profit organisation that operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Léargas manages European, national and international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, training and youth and community work and has been managing such programmes for over 30 years. Léargas currently has 40 staff based in our Dublin office. Our staff come from Ireland, Poland, France, Croatia, Denmark and Spain and have wide-ranging experience in education, training, community, youth and development work; and in IT and finance. The National Centre for Guidance in Education operates under the aegis of Léargas.
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