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Co. Tipperary school’s language learning project using “virtual reality” wins European award

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Co. Tipperary school’s language learning project using “virtual reality” wins European award

Dr Déirdre Kirwan presenting the European Language Label award to Damien Lonergan of Comeragh College in Carrick-on-Suir

A creative language project run at  Carrick-on-Suir's Comeragh College won an award at the annual European Language Label Awards in Croke Park in Dublin. 

The project utilises virtual reality to create a shared learning experience with pupils at a twinned school in France. 

Using special cameras to record 360° content from their respective home countries, pupils can then share their lived experience with pupils at the twinned school, communicating what they observe in the  language they are learning. 

Comeragh College was one of nine award recipients at the ELL Awards, which is an EU initiative that celebrates  the most creative and inspiring communities, organisations and volunteers at the forefront of language teaching, learning and promotion.

 In Ireland, the European Language Label is managed by Léargas the national agency for Erasmus+ in adult education, schools, vocational education and training services, and the youth sector.

The awards were presented by Dr Déirdre Kirwan, a European Ambassador for Languages and former principal of  Scoil Bhríde (Cailíní) in Blanchardstown, Dublin. 

The ceremony was attended by 75 students, educators and volunteers.