16 October 2013

New initiative to foster learning of German

Audi Ireland is supporting 'GermanConnects'; a new initiative led by the German Embassy and Goethe-Institut Irland aimed at promoting the German language at primary, secondary and third level in Ireland.

Audi Ireland will provide the programme with an Audi A3 Sportback to travel to GermanConnects events around the country; the next of which will be at Coláiste na Trócaire, Rathkeale, Limerick tomorrow, Thursday 17 October. The GermanConnects team will then travel to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Friday of this week.

German is the second most popular language taught in Irish secondary schools. The campaign aims to promote German as an important language for business and science as well as to help young Irish people improve their employability here in Ireland or abroad.

Pictured are: Christian Gussen, Managing Director, Audi Ireland, left, with (L-R) Jonathan Fisher, aged 16, Clara Tatlow-Devally, aged 16 and Yeo Chung, aged 16, all students at St. Killian’s German School, Dublin; the German Ambassador to Ireland, Dr. Eckhard Lübkemeier and Frank Wittig, head of the language department at Goethe-Institut Irland.