DCU Languages Week 2022

Languages Week 2022

The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) and Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge, at DCU are pleased to announce DCU Languages Week 2022 supported by Languages Connect.

Open to all interested 4th, 5th and 6th year secondary school students. Events during language week include:
— virtual workshops
lecture taster sessions on campus (4th/TY students only)
— a 10 word story language competition

This year's competition attracted over 150 entries.

Winners 2022

Chinese 我的梦想是骑自行车。我的朋友拍了一段视频,她大喊“加油”来鼓励我。我摔倒了很多次,她实话实说,我骑自行车是很糟糕的。 Miss Natalie Badin Our Lady’s Grove Secondary School, Dublin
French Cerf couleur chocolat, aime la musique, pendant une tempête; câlin. Miss Celine Murray East Glendalough School, Wicklow
German Meerschweinchen, gefolgt von neugierigem Geheimagent, hüpft in Erdbeermarmelade, schreckliches Durcheinander. Miss Julieta Bruccoleri Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone
Gaeilge Thit réalta faoi dhraíocht ar an gcré, d'fhás crann óir. Miss Sarah Daly Mountmellick community school, Laois
Spanish Una aventura sorpresa con desconocidos, olvidé mi mochila, ¡qué imprevisto! Amelia Mary Fitzpatrick Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Limerick

Virtual workshops and lecture taster sessions are delivered by experts, artists and language instructors relating to the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Irish, Japanese and Spanish.

If you are curious to know a little bit more about art or culture in the language you choose, or would like to discover a new language this is a great opportunity to find out!

When: Monday 28th February 2022 - Thursday 3rd March 2022

Registration: Register below

Date: Monday 28 February

Time: 16:00-17:00

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqcO6hrzotHtZWvQLLvTE5F49sY3O…

Title of session: Learn about "Manzai"

Presented by: Franpone

About the session: Learn about "Manzai" - a very popular type of comedy in Japan - from professional Japanese comedians. The session will be in English.

Date: Tuesday 1 March

Time: 16:00-17:00

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEud-GopjstH9w_dGjYjYz1pPpxvd5…

Presented by: DCU Writer in Residence (Gaeilge) Sadhbh Devlin

Title of session: Shape-a-Scéal

GA: Tarraing ciorcal. Céard a fheiceann tú? Aghaidh? An ghriain? Pláta? Sa cheardlann seo beidh muid ag úsáid cruthanna le scéalta a chumadh. Níl ag teastáil ach páipéir A4, pinn/pinn luaidhe daite agus do shamhláíocht le do leabhar féin a chruthú.

EN: When you draw a circle, what do you see? A face? The sun? A plate? In this workshop, we’ll be using simple shapes to inspire stories. All you will need is A4 paper, some colouring pens/pencils, and your imagination to create your very own book.

Date: Tuesday 1 March 

Time: 16.00-16.40

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlceytrTIjGtQMsIlO-0f1z6AITtv…

Title of session: Change of Perspective - Interactive Workshop with Exchange Students

Presented by: Olga Springer and Tanja Rudert with Erasmus students

About this session: Irish exchange students in Germany and German exchange students in Ireland will discuss their Erasmus. Workshop participants will prepare questions for them in order to discover more about this fun experience.

Date: Wednesday 2 March

Time: 16.00-17.00

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqf-uppjgiE9FgSJ5KpVmaxMGqp_4…

Title of session: French singing workshop

Presented by: Caroline Moreau (French online singing atelier)

About this session: The accomplished French singer residing in Ireland Caroline Moreau will deliver a 40 minute singing workshop: http://carolinemoreau.com/



Date: Wednesday 2 March

Time: 17.00-17.40

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYudumtqjsqH9F_tiLCA1Lh4ZZFnLZ…

Title of session: A taste of Spanish - the language of nearly 600 million speakers 

Presented by: Instituto Cervantes 

About the session: Learn about how Spanish culture is present in Dublin by joining us on a journey through places which have a conexion with this culture. This will be illustrated with a videopodcast.

Date: Thursday 3 March

Time: 16.30-17.30

Register here: https://dcu-ie.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvf-2gqDIvHNO1cII4IxUSLiU-2L6…

Title of session: Art of the Brush: Culture & Philosophy/Ink Painting & Calligraphy - www.artofthebrush.ie

Presented by: Yingge Xu - The artist

About this session: Oriental Brush Painting: Introduction to East Asian Calligraphy/Ink Brush Practice through easy and fun brush exercise.

In this workshop we will explore mindfulness, and learn to use an oriental ink brush with a brief introduction to its tradition and culture background. We will start with some simple brush exercises to get your hands in the flow. Then we will learn to draw some calligraphy strokes and some painting topics such as flowers, leaves, fish etc. 

IMPORTANT: Tools & Materials

  • Ink brush (watercolor brush, or any brush with a rounded tip will do)
  • Black ink (or watercolor paint)
  • Normal A4 paper / watercolor paper
  • Ink container
  • Water jar

Date: Tuesday 1 March

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of Session: Partons à la découverte! Let’s discover French and France together

Presented by: Maria Loftus and Aparajita Dey-Plissonneau

About the session: Let’s do some verbal gymnastics in the language of Molière by taking part in a French language speed-dating session before packing our bags and exploring France together. 

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Date: Wednesday 2 March

Time: 15.00-16.00

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of session: Hasta la vista, baby!

Presented by: Cris Guntín

About the session: Discover that you actually know more Spanish than you thought, learn to introduce yourself and be the one who really knows how to pronounce “paella”.

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Dates and times:

  • Tuesday 1 March, 11.00-12.00
  • Wednesday 2 March, 11.00-12.00

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of session: Nihao, what’s your name?

Presented by: Lijie Shao

About the session: Fancy your name pronounced and written in Chinese? In this session you will be introduced to the Chinese pronunciation and writing through a fun name-remaking process!

Requirement: Paper and pen are needed 

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Date: Wednesday 2 March

Time: 14.00-15.00

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of session: Hallo und Guten Tag! German Taster Class

Presented by: Olga Springer and Tanja Rudert

About the session: Explore the German words you didn’t know you already had, and get some first glimpses of German culture and of Berlin! You will also find out more about the special language powerhouses of German: compound nouns, for example: Handschuhe = ‘hand shoes’ (shoes for your hands, i.e. gloves).

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Date: Thursday 3 March

Time: 13:00 - 13:40

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of session: Onomatopoeia! A reflection of the Japanese worldview

Presented by: Sakiko Pawlak

About the session: How would you describe the sound of heavy rain? How would you describe the sound of falling flower petals? The sound of thunder, a gust of wind, or smoothly running water?

In this session, participants will learn a set of Japanese onomatopoeia and by doing so, they will learn about the Japanese way of perceiving and representing the world.  

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Date: Thursday 3 March

Time: 12.00-12.40

Location: U Building, Glasnevin campus

Title of Session: What’s in a placename?

Presented by: Colm Ó Ciardubháin

About the session: Placenames do more than tell us what a place is ‘called’. Embedded in a placename can be information about landscapes, people who lived there and the languages they spoke. 

We will look at what the county names of Ireland can tell us about language and history. We will also give you the tools to decode placenames in your own area.

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Are you a 4th, 5th or 6th Year student learning one or more foreign languages at an Irish secondary school? Then don’t miss your chance to take part in DCU’s 10-word short story competition!

At the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies at DCU, we teach Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, and Irish is taught at our Fiontar & Scoil na Gaeilge (Enterprise and School of Irish). So if you are learning any of these languages and you want to get creative, create your own 10-word short story in our language competition as part of DCU Languages Week 2022.

1. Each student will submit one entry in one of the following six languages:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Irish
  • Japanese
  • Spanish


2. Each student will write a 10 word short story. 5 words are given by DCU and you must choose another 5 words in the target language to complete your story in a sentence.

Example in English:

Here are 5 sample words given by DCU: cup, tiles, moon, dog and funny

Here is a completed 10-word story in just one sentence such as:

Funny dog, Moon, slipped on wet tiles and cup broke.


3. Here are the 5 words given by DCU in each language that we teach:

  • Chinese (朋友,梦想,加油,视频,实话实说)
  • French (cerf, musique, tempête, calin, chocolat) 
  • German (neugierig, Erdbeermarmelade, hüpfen, Meerschweinchen, Geheimagent)
  • Irish (crann, draíocht, réalta, cré, ór)
  • Japanese (30 characters in Japanese: 一番大切なもの・小さな犬・お好み焼き・きっさてん・おばあさん・ゆうがた)               
  • Spanish (imprevisto, aventura, sorpresa, desconocidos, mochila)


4. Go to the Entry Form tab to enter your 10-word story using the words above in the language of your choice - Chinese, French, German, Irish, Japanese or Spanish. We can only accept one entry per student.

Your Data
In order to process your entry please provide your basic details (name, surname, email, school and contact number) so that we can contact the winners. All data will be anonymised and stored securely.

The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) at DCU is conducting the competition and DCU will be the 'Data Controller' for all personal data obtained. We require your consent to process your competition entry which contains personal data.

Please ensure to tick 'Yes' to give your consent if you are happy that we hold your data until the competition is completed.

Data related to winning entries may be retained by DCU for 2 years after they are submitted for the purpose of promoting another competition of this type in the future.

All other entries and associated data will be deleted at the end of the competition. At any time you are free to withdraw your consent and DCU will delete your data.

First Name:
Choose your language:

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A winner in each language will be chosen for the best 10-word stories as judged by our DCU language experts. There will be six winners in total and each winner will receive a €200 one-for-all voucher. The closing date for entries is 4th March 2022 at 5pm sharp and prizes will be announced by DCU in April 2022.

Please direct any queries to languagecompetition@dcu.ie

Don’t miss your chance to win a great prize! This competition was made possible thanks to the support of Languages Connect and DCU’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

DCU Languages Week 2022 V2

Studying languages at DCU is an exciting journey. The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) and Fiontar agus Scoil na Gaeilge are energetic and innovative schools with colleagues from all corners of the world.

We offer our students an enjoyable experience while learning Chinese, French, Gaeilge, German, Japanese or Spanish. Our broad range of modules, the latest teaching methodologies and a genuinely inspiring teaching team will help you acquire excellent communication skills in the language(s) you choose.

Films and documentaries, press and media, subtitling, art and photography, lab sessions and literature, are but a taster of what you can look forward to.

You may be interested in learning languages on the following DCU undergraduate programmes:

Languages Connect promotes the personal, social, professional and economic benefits of foreign language skills to principals, teachers, guidance counsellors, parents, students and stakeholders in the third-level sector. The campaign is funded by the Department of Education and facilitated by Post Primary Languages Ireland, as a key objective of the Languages Connect – Ireland’s for Foreign Languages in Education 2017 – 2026. For all the latest updates, follow Languages Connect social media on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Youtube or check out Languages Connect

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