Student of Open Learning Centre (OLC) wins Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award

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Paddy receiving his Award - photo courtesy of LéargasOLC user Paddy O’Connor was awarded a Léargas Language Learner of the Year Award at a ceremony at All Hallows College on September 26th, which was the tenth anniversary of the European Day of Languages. Four European Language Label Awards were presented to projects promoting language learning as well as four Language Learner of the Year Awards. The purpose of this award was to recognise outstanding achievement by individual language learners. Paddy was nominated by the Open Learning Centre.

Paddy has been studying Japanese at the OLC for the last two years. During that time he has shown great diligence and commitment to his learning.  He hopes to use his skills to work in sales promotion in Japan for English Language Schools. This, at age 65 when most people would be happy to retire. He started to learn Japanese as a hobby in the 1980s while teaching English as a volunteer in Vancouver, Canada. He then progressed by taking a beginner’s course in the University of Vancouver. For the last two years he has been attending the Open Learning Centre studying Intermediate and Business Japanese. He also avails of the Japanese conversation exchange here every Saturday. Paddy is living proof that for someone with a stimulated and enquiring mind, the possibilities are limitless.

As Paddy himself said: “I continued to make slow progress until I came across the Tell Me More method offered at the Open Learning Centre and with the help and encouragement of the staff I made unbelievably rapid progress enabling me to take a ten week Intermediate course in Japan.”

He will have a chance to put his language skills to good use when he goes to Japan this summer to recruit students for English language schools here in Ireland and in Japan. We in the OLC are very happy to be part of Paddy’s progress in his quest for fluency in Japanese.

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