European award for teachers

Published 16/10/2013 | 05:22

A LOCAL language learning and swapping company has been given a top European award for its work.

Linguaswap, developed two years ago by four teachers at Coláiste Bhríde Carnew: Aisling Crowley; Anne Burke; Rhoda Brookes; and Siobhán Carley, was given the European Language Label Award at a ceremony in Dublin recently.

Their website www.linguaswap.com received the award from Léargas which manages European, national and international exchange and co-operation programmes in education, training and youth and community work.

Linguaswap is an online language swapping website aimed at second level students around the world. Through Linguaswap, a database of second level language learners from various countries in Europe, has been created, and it provides a secure forum for verbal interaction via a video link.

'The idea is that students can search for a language buddy, send messages and arrange online "linguaswapping"chats,' explained Aisling Crowley. 'Each individual will therefore have the opportunity to speak to a native speaker and practise language they have learned in the classroom - like penpals in the 21st Century.'

'We are delighted to receive this award for our efforts from Léargas because we feel that such recognition will certainly help in our endeavour to establish a footprint in Europe which we believe is vital at this point,' said Aisling.

PETER MARK AT CUTTING EDGE

The team at Peter Mark are once again grabbing their ghd's, plugging in their hairdryers and manning their styling stations in a bid to raise much needed funds to help the Irish Hospice Foundation. The Petermarkathon fundraiser takes place this year over the October bank holiday weekend at all Peter Mark salons nationwide including the salons in Arklow and Bray.

Teams from Peter Mark Bray and Bridgewater Centre Arklow have organised a whole host of activities including cyclethons, cake sales, fancy dress days and discounted blowdry sessions throughout the bank holiday weekend to help raise funds.

Speaking about the Petermarkathon, Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation said: 'We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for the Petermarkathon.

'Support from companies like Peter Mark is hugely important to us.

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