#ThinkLanguages Week, a national celebration of languages and cultures, is taking place in schools across the country this week as over 15,000 transition year students look to bring to life the many personal and professional benefits of foreign language skills.

Now in its sixth year, it is the largest student celebration of languages and cultures in Ireland with this year seeing partners such as the Irish Film Institute, Business in the Community Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Higher Education Institutes joining the celebrations. TV personalities, TikTok influencers, and European representatives have also come on board to showcase where languages can take students, both personally and professionally.

The awareness raising campaign is organised by Post Primary Languages Ireland as part of the delivery of Languages Connect – Ireland's Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017 – 2026, and encourages students, and the wider community, to explore and celebrate the increased number of opportunities that foreign language skills provide. Schools nationwide are celebrating with their own festival-style event that include lineups of interactive workshops, foreign language films, national quizzes, music, dance and much more.

For more visit languagesconnect.ie/thinklanguages

Holly Furlong (IFI), Karen Ruddock (PPLI) & students
from Fingal Community College celebrate Think Languages Week.

The event has grown considerably since its inception six years ago, underlining the growing interest in foreign language learning in Ireland and whilst #ThinkLanguages is a school focused event, this year, Languages Connect are calling on everybody to celebrate the languages and cultures that surround them this #ThinkLanguages week. This can be done by simply watching a foreign language film, trying out a few phrases with a bilingual friend, listening to foreign language music, or attempting to prepare a recipe from another culture.

Each school’s festival line up will kick off with a thrilling Opening Ceremony video with stars such as Dancing with the Stars pro Ervinas Merfeldas, who details the important role languages has played in his life. Students will also gain an insight into what it is like to live and work abroad from TikToker and fashion marketer Ciara Walsh and EU Parliament Official James Maher who also feature in this year’s Opening Ceremony