Every Language Matters
Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community and to promote an interest in language learning.
Language Explorers has been designed to:
encourage children to embrace all languages positively
nurture children’s understanding of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community they live in
enable children to build on prior knowledge and experience of language and language learning
encourage children of different languages and cultures to be proud of and to share their heritage
Through interactive games, art making, singing, storytelling and story writing, children become aware of their own language abilities and learn something new about each other and about the people who live in their local communities. Mother Tongues deliver Language Explorers Workshops all over Ireland.
We also provide training for teachers who want to implement this approach in their own school. Download our the Language Explorers starter pack to find out more.
Would you like to organize a workshop or a training session in your school?
Over the last year together with other volunteers from Mother Tongues I have been given the privilege of working with children in a primary school situated in a culturally diverse area of Dublin city centre.
As I was planning the lesson for a 5th class I was trying to think about an activity the children enjoy but that would also help them to reflect on the importance of language in people’s lives. Many of the children in the class are bilingual from birth, some started with English at some point in their childhood but are now fluent speakers, some have started their language learning journey only a few weeks ago.