Why Study Languages?

In November 2014 The IoTs Languages Network and One Voice for Languages submitted a joint application to The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning. Our project proposal for Disciplinary Network Funding consisted of five areas of activity, one of which involved the producing of a short promotional video for languages, using sound bites by students and for students, and based on the theme “Why learn languages?”

At the time of application, there was no overall promotional video for languages in the IoTs although some individual IoTs had departmental language clips to promote courses.

The project intention was to include a multi-disciplinary dimension to the video-clip in order to reflect the role of languages across various disciplines currently offered in the IoTs; a multi-generational aspect by involving mature students, undergraduates and postgraduates; the concept of multilingualism was also central to the video project and invited the participation of mobility students currently attending IoTs, those on work placement or study abroad, mobility returnees and IoT graduates who now live and work in Ireland or abroad and require their modern language skills.

Language learners in each of the Institutes of Technology were invited to submit a sound bite video clip expressing their thoughts and ideas in response to the question: ‘Why learn languages?’

Three prizewinners were selected:
Dave Imperial  TU Dublin - Tallaght Campus - best delivery and presentation
Tara Gallagher LyIT Letterkenny - best soundbite.
GMIT Galway Mayo - best background/backdrop

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