ATU Languages Competition 2023

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Welcome to ATU's languages competition 2023! 

Following the huge success of the competition in 2022, we are delighted to once again host the competition with the support of Languages Connect

We are looking for entries from secondary schools to showcase why you love learning languages.  The competition is open to all years but may be best suited to transition year classes studying the following languages: French, German, and Spanish. 

If you are a teacher of Spanish, French, German, we want to invite you to enter your class to take part in this competition and share your students’ language learning journey. 


Your class will record a short 60 - 90 second video on one of the suggested topics below which celebrates expressing yourself in French, Spanish, or German. It will be a class performance, recorded in landscape mode, where the class is recorded delivering their performance. This video can be a music/dance video or a spoken word piece and can be recorded on your choice of software or platform. See below on how to enter the competition.  Once entered, you have until Friday 24th March 2023 to send a Vimeo link or mp4 file via WeTransfer of the completed article to


Here are some suggested topics you may wish to use. This is only a guide so you may prefer to use your own topic/theme. 

  • Why we love learning our chosen language 
  • The doors opened by learning a language 

  • What we love about the culture (of the country of the target language, music, art, cinema, etc.) 

  • Where we want to travel 

  • We are international citizens 

  • Differences between my culture and the culture of another country  

  • An original song or a reworking of a popular song in the target language 

  • Language and Sport 

See last year’s finalists below for an example of the types of entries received.

Who can enter: 

You can enter your class in our competition if you are a language teacher of French/German/Spanish of any class of secondary school students. One contribution per language is welcome from a given school in French, German and/or Spanish. More than one entry from the same school is welcomed in a different language. 

How to submit your entry: 

  1. First fill in your entry form with your class details via this online form:  

  1. Please ensure that you read and give consent to ATU's Languages Competition Privacy Notice. 

  1. Then you submit your video to by Friday 24th March 2023. 

  1. Please ensure that the subject contains the name of your school, class, and the language of the video. 


  • Entry forms can be submitted up until Friday 24th February 2023. 

  • Video entries must be submitted by Friday 24th March 2023. 

  • Awards ceremony will take place on the ATU Galway City campus on Friday April 21st, 2023. 


A winner will be chosen from each language category.  For each language category (French, German, Spanish) the prizes will be as follows: 


  • 1st prize – Full day interactive culinary workshop for the winning class group in each language.  The workshops will be delivered by an ATU culinary and language lecturer on the ATU Galway City campus and will be themed on the traditional food of France/ Spain/ Germany. There will also be an ATU goodies bag for each student. 

  • 2nd prize – Lunch for the class with teacher in the Connemara Training Restaurant, Galway International Hotel School, ATU Galway City.  Included is a guided tour of the campus, plus an ATU goodies bag for each student. 

  • 3rd prize – ATU goodies bag for each student. 


Schools who are listed in the top three best entries for each language will be invited to ATU Galway City for a special event on Friday April 21st, 2023, to present and announce the winners in each category. Winning entries will be used for the promotion of language education at second and third level in Ireland by ATU and Languages Connect using various digital platforms. 

2022 Finalists 

We had 24 entries from all over the country and the Languages Lecturing team in ATU Galway City acted as the judging panel to choose the finalists in each category. 

All the finalists were invited to the Award Ceremony on campus in ATU Galway City on Friday April 8th, 2022.  There were over 170 students and teachers in attendance as each finalist entry was showcased to the audience before the winners were announced. 

We would like to thank all the teachers and pupils of each class and school that entered the competition, and for all the time and work they put into each video entry.  

The following are the finalists and winners of each category: 



French - 1st Place - Convent of Mercy Roscommon

French - 2nd Place - St Louis CS Kiltimagh, Mayo

French - 3rd Place - St Mary’s Academy CBS, Carlow

German - 1st Place - Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

German - 2nd Place - Coláiste Muire Máthair, Galway

German - 3rd Place - Coláiste Chiaráin, Limerick

Spanish - 1st Place - Galway Educate Together SS

Spanish - 2nd Place - Coláiste Éinde, Salthill

Spanish - 3rd Place - Scoil Pól, Kilfinane, Limerick

Best Overall: Coláiste Naomh Seosamh "The Bish"

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