Lá na Gaeilge – 13 March 2012

To celebrate Lá na Gaeilge The Lingo Club organised a quick Irish Dance lesson for those in the club. A lot of fun was had by all and a big thank you to Sharon McGlinchey (4th yr. LIB) for teaching us all the Fairy Reel.

Learning the steps

All Danced Out

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Career Talk – David Broderick Export Orientation Programme (EOP)

Here is a copy of the PowerPoint presentation that David Broderick gave at LyIT in March. (Please allow a few minutes to download) David Brodericks Presentation

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Career Talk – Daphné Carthy’s Testimonial

I studied International Business and Languages with German and Spanish at DCU and was shortlisted as part of the EOP programme run by IBEC in my final year. I was called for an interview with Bord Bia, just a few weeks after my last exam and was offered a job as a Marketing Assistant in Bord Bia’s Paris office. The programme included part-time study for a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Business Development. The EOPs therefore attended a 2-week intensive course at DIT followed by a 1-week training programme at Bord Bia’s headquarters in Dublin before heading out to our respective markets.

My work at Bord Bia included assisting in the preparation to and attending trade shows, editing and distributing a newsletter on Irish food and drinks for French buyers, researching various categories within the French food and drinks market and providing Irish food and drinks companies with regular updates on that market. The projects were so varied, no two days were the same and Paris is an amazing city to live and work in! I also had the opportunity to use my German language when Bord Bia transferred me to work in their German office for three months. I participated in the largest trade fair for food and drinks in the world – Anuga – which took place in Cologne in 2011 and which proved to be one of the many memorable experiences of my 18-month work placement. I will also never forget the time I accompanied a group of 20 German buyers on a trip to Ireland to visit Bord Bia Quality assured farms as part of the new Irish Beef promotional campaign launched at the time.

Overall the programme helped me gain invaluable practical experience within Ireland’s dynamic food and drinks industry while studying for a post-graduate diploma. It is a tremendous stepping stone to my next career move and I would highly recommend it!

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Career Talk – March 2012

David Broderick and Daphné Carthy

The Lingo Club recently hosted a guest lecture on March 27 at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

David Broderick, manager of the Export Orientation Programme(EOP), and Daphné Carthy, a recent participant of the programme, both gave presentations to LyIT and local second level students.

David Broderick described the EOP programme briefly, emphasising the enormous opportunities which exist for graduates with language skills. He explained that participants have the option of working abroad in various mainland European countries or in Ireland.  Graduates, who have participated in the programme, find that there are wonderful career prospects leading from the programme.  For more information, please see David’s  presentation attached.

Daphné Carthy, who has recently completed her placement with Bord Bia on the EOP, described her experience working abroad in Düsseldorf and Paris.  She found that her proficiency in both French and German were an enormous asset in securing her placement on the programme.  For more information, please see Daphné’s testimonial.

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Leaving Cert. Orals

Stephanie Krebs and Markus Treml

Stephanie Krebs, 4th year student of International Business and Languages in LyIT, and Markus Treml, an Erasmus student from the Fachhochschule Joanneum in Kapfenberg in Austria:  http://fh-joanneum.at/aw/~a/home/?lan=en

Both students helped Leaving Certificate students in local second level schools prepare for their Oral Examination this year.

Stephanie helped 6th year students in St. Eunan’s College and Markus helped 6th year students in Coláiste Ailigh.

The Leaving Cert students found that this gave them great confidence in their ability to do the Oral examination.  Many thanks to both for all their support and guidance.

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Derry City Wall Tour

On Friday the 23rd of March LyIT Lingo Club enjoyed an outing to Derry City where we had a guided walking tour of the city walls. We all had a great day with nice weather (well, it didn’t rain) and a very friendly and informative tour guide.

The tour took approximately 90 minutes and got to learn so much of the city’s history and culture and seen so much of the city from the wall which took us full circle around Derry. After the walk we all got to enjoy a nice cup of tea/coffee and a piece of cake at a local coffee shop.  A big thank you to Eilish our tour guide and also to the Lingo Club for organising the trip. Hope we can do it again soon.

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Lingo Quiz – 30 Nov 2011

The Lingo Club recently organised a quiz for all members and friends.

The quiz was attended by many different nationalities from various different programmes.

Light refreshments were provided beforehand in the Nurses’ Canteen.

The quiz was divided into five sections: body talk, idioms, culture, recent news and who’s who.

Some of the prize winners are listed below:

First prize:

Katarina, Magda and Jacek

Magda Labuz

Jacek Kaminski

Katarina Plasov

Other winners


April and Claire

Hugh McConway

April McKeever and Claire Gauthier

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La recette des Crêpes

Bonjour à tous je m’appelle Nathalie et aujourd’hui je vais vous montrer comment préparer des crêpes. C’est une recette très célèbre en France et plus particulièrement dans la région de Bretagne.

Pour cela, il vous faut 1kg de farine, ensuite 4 œufs battus avec du sucre, 1 litre de lait, un peu d’huile pour éviter que la crêpes ne colle dans la poêle et un petit peu d’eau si la pâte est trop épaisse.

Tout d’abord, dans un saladier versez le kilo de farine ensuite les œufs avec le sucre et tout en mélangeant versez le litre de lait. Afin d’éviter la formation de grumeaux il faut mélanger très rapidement, si vous trouvez que la pâte est trop épaisse rajoutez-y un petit peu d’eau. Et vous continuez de mélanger. Ensuite, vous incorporez l’huile pour que la pâte ne colle pas dans la poêle et vous mélangez.

Une fois que vous avez terminé de mélanger votre pâte, laissez-la reposer entre 30 minutes et 1h.

Pour préparer votre crêpe, il vous suffit d’une poêle et de mettre un petit peu de beurre comme ceci. Ensuite, incorporez la pâte à crêpe à l’aide d’une louche. Vous attendez qu’elle cuise.

Une fois la crêpe cuite d’un côté vous la retournez et vous attendez qu’elle cuise de l’autre côté.

Ensuite vous pouvez rajouter l’ingrédient de votre choix, par exemple un crêpe au beurre et au sucre. Ensuite, vous rajoutez le sucre et vous la pliez.

Il ne reste plus qu’à la déguster !

Watch Video at: Nathalies Crepes

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Career Talk on Languages

To mark European Day of Languages, the Lingo Club hosted a guest lecture in the LyIT at 10.30 in Room 1401.  The event was well attended by LyIT students and transition year, 5th and 6th year pupils from Coláiste Ailigh.  There were two lectures given on the topic: firstly, a general overview was given by Catherine Lyster, Careers Officer LyIT; secondly, a more specific presentation was given by a past student of LyIT, Lorna McNerney.

Catherine’s talk was most informative. She highlighted the fact that language graduates have extremely valuable skills which make them most employable and highly sought –after in the workplace. Even in today’s bleak economic times, there are many jobs to be found for those with language skills. Catherine outlined the diverse roles in which language graduates might work; 30 potential areas in the workplace were listed, ranging from purchasing and retailing to publishing and marketing.  She emphasised the importance of spending time in the target country, as this enabled the language graduate to get an insight into the culture and mentality, as well as improving his/her linguistic skills.

Lorna McNerney, a graduate of European Languages and Business(LyIT), explained how  she had chosen a career in languages.  Lorna studied German and Spanish, as well as business during her undergraduate years at the Institute. She also spent many months in Germany, perfecting her oral and aural skills in the language.  She is currently working with ATA, which is a worldwide distributor of market leading carbide burrs, pneumatic air tools and speciality abrasives. Based in the ATA head office in Cavan, Lorna uses her language skills on a daily basis, as procurement coordinator in the busy firm.  If the phone rings, she is able to deal with queries and problems through German.  ATA is constantly expanding its share of the global market and is interested in recruiting staff with foreign language skills. Lorna enjoys her work and would encouraged prospective students to seriously consider a career in languages.

Please find below PowerPoint presentations given by both Catherine and Lorna and also a short interview with Lorna McNerney (please note that this interview is in two parts).

LYIT Europe. Photo Clive Wasson

Presentation 1: Catherine Lyster presentation on language careers

Presentation 2: Lorna McNerney Part One

(due to the size of the audio files please allow time to download)

Interview Part 1:Lorna McNerney Part Two

Interview Part 2: Lorna McNerney Part Two

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Lingo Club off to a great start!

Some returning members

New and returning members

The Lingo Club got off to a great start this year on LyIT Clubs and Societies Day with approximately 70 new members from all over the Institute. 4 Lingo Buddy Groups have now been formed and had a chance to meet up on Tuesday 27th September for the first time. The groups are made up of native speakers of French, German, Spanish, Italian and English. Each club member has an opportunity to meet and exchange conversation in order to improve their chosen language. The club has planned a range of activities over the coming year to encourage more people to learn a language. For more information on the club’s activities, keep up to date on our new website at: http://lingolyit.com/

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