Foreign Languages

Japanese Cultural Food Day

February 11, 2015

Enjoying diversity of culture through food at Desmond College

Risa cooked some Japanese dishes for first year students with the help of her teacher Ms Edel Boohan

Risa Sato (exchange student from Sendai in North East Japan) brings some Japanese culture to Desmond College. Risa cooked some Japanese dishes for first year students with the help of her teacher Ms Edel Boohan.

Risa Sato (exchange student from Sendai in North East Japan) brings some Japanese culture to Desmond College

Two West Limerick Schools Embrace Chinese Language & Culture

November 18, 2014

Irish Delegation to China including Principal of Desmond College Vourneen Gavin Barry : Oct / Nov 2014

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Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal of Desmond College, Newcastle West and Norma O’Brien, Principal of Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, travelled to China during the midterm break as part of an educational delegation organised by the Confucius Institute in UCC. The delegation visited Beijing & Shanghai, visiting sights such as the Great Wall of China and Tiananmen Square and experiencing Chinese culture first-hand.

The delegation visited the Confucius Headquarters in Shanghai and spent time at Shanghai University, touring the campus and meeting with a group of Irish students studying Business, Arts & Chinese, from UCC.

The delegation also visited a number of schools and met with Minister for Education & Skills, Jan O’Sullivan at Shibei Junior High School in Shanghai. Minister O’Sullivan spoke of the introduction of a Short Course on Chinese Language & Culture in the new Junior Cycle Student Award and both Coláiste Mhuire and Desmond College intend to continue their collaboration with the Confucius Institute in UCC, in order to provide this Short Course to incoming 1st years.

Pictured: (back l to r), Norma O’Brien, Principal, Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Máire de Brún, Principal, Scoil Bhríde, Galway, Vourneen Gavin Barry, Principal, Desmond College, Newcastle West. (front l to r) Austin Gormley, Consul-General of Ireland in Shanghai, Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Headmaster He, Shibei Junior school Shanghai

Language Fun at Open Night! (2014)

October 14, 2014

Desmond College Open Night 9th October 2014: a bit of spanish fun! Desmond College Students Participating in some Language Fun at their Open Night on 9th October 2014 French Fun at the Desmond College Open Night 9th October 2014! Spanish Language Fun at Desmond College at the 2014 School Open Night

European Language Day Competition 2014

October 2, 2014

Second Year German Breakfast

March 18, 2014

selection of food at the german breakfast

the second year german class who organised and hosted the german breakfast with ms carol mccarthy and hanna hanna with german students at german breakfast ms carol mccarthy german teacher with hanna

The Second Year German class organised and hosted a german breakfast with German Teacher, Ms Carol McCarthy and German Language Assistant, Hanna Herlitzius.

German Language Assistant

February 13, 2014

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Hanna Herlitzius, a newly qualified English teacher from Munster in the Northwest of Germany is here with us in Desmond College for five months. She is meeting each class group once a week, which provides a great opportunity for the students to converse with a native speaker and develop their language skills. Hanna is also helping the students to better understand German culture, for example Christmas traditions in Germany, German music, festivals and food!

2nd Year Students Learning About Christmas Traditions in Germany and Sampling German Food

2nd Year students learning about Christmas traditions in Germany and sampling German food.

1st Year Students Singing German Folk Songs

1st Year students learning and singing German folk songs.

French Theatre

December 2, 2013

French Theatre Group at Desmond College

A French Theatre Group came to Desmond College.

The play was very successful and was enjoyed by all students. The students had the opportunity to actively participate in the play and each student that did take part did a fantastic job!

French Theatre Group at Desmond College French Theatre Group at Desmond College French Theatre Group at Desmond College French Theatre Group at Desmond College

French Buddy System

December 1, 2013

The French Buddy System is now set up in the school to promote speaking French. Miss Higgins’ 1st year group (1GC) and Ms Enright’s Transition Year group are involved in this programme.

Each week the 1st year students work on a folder with their link person; for example Week 1 included: Presenting themselves and their link person from TY.

By the end of the year, the 1st year students will have a folder full of the material that they have done with their link person (All in French).

Winners of French Language Day Events

October 1, 2013

Desmond College French Quiz 2013 Desmond College French Quiz 2013 Desmond College French Quiz 2013

Second Year Quiz

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Desmond College Poster Competition 2013 Desmond College Poster Competition 2013 Desmond College Poster Competition 2013

First Year Poster Competition

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The Winners of The French Language Quiz and Poster Competitions 2013

All the Winners from the French Language Day Events

The German Breakfast Morning

January 18, 2013

The German Breakfast Morning

Frühstuck Von Deutschland

On the 18th January 2013, the students took part in the first ever German Breakfast morning in the school. The breakfast consisted of anything and everything from Schinken (Ham), Eier (eggs) to Schokoladen Kuchen (chocolate cake) und Kekse (biscuits)!

Desmond College German Breakfast Morning 2013

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students brought in some of their own homemade favourites and everyone listened to German music whilst tucking in!

Nathan Dunleavy made the student population aware of the event over the student intercom, Colm Copse and Tomas Mc Carthy decorated the room, whilst the 3rd year girls took care of the cutlery. The 5th year girls were in charge of the tea, coffee and hot chocolate, whilst the boys set the table. A team effort all round!

German Breakfast Morning 2013 in Desmond College

We’re already planning and looking forward to next year’s breakfast!

 

Journée Européenne des Langues 2011

October 7, 2011

First year students celebrating the European Day of Languages, Journée européenne des langues, 2011, on September 26th by setting up a “Boulangerie” in class and enjoying some delicious croissants and baked French delights!

Modern Languages

August 9, 2011

Ms. Delaney, who recently joined our French Department, carried out a French initiative with her second year group.

A class set of French magazines was bought and time was allocated each week for students to read and study the magazines. This was an interesting and enjoyable way for students to enhance their written and verbal French.

This initiative was a total success and much credit is due to Ms Delaney for her hard work and dedication.

 

European Day of Languages 2011

August 8, 2011

This year for “The European Day of Languages” 2nd Year German students from Rang Bronna, Brendain & Barra took part in two competitions run by Leargas.

Students Participating in Student Day

They worked together to create two projects; a calendar that details the different languages present in Europe. Each month is dedicated to the history and language of a European country. The students researched these topics and came up with an image to represent each country as well as researching each country’s native language.

They also compiled a video clip of a classroom scene with each student displaying their German and acting skills. It was excellent and highly entertaining!

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