Online meeting of heritage language teachers

In November 2019 we had our second heritage language conference and agreed to meet during 2020 to share experiences and have a community of practice for teachers of heritage language schools.The first meeting was planned for March, but due to current restrictions, we have decided to move that online using Zoom. On 7th April at Read More

Calling all language explorers!

Attention adults! Here is a competition to keep your language explorers occupied for a while and the prize is really cool! The idea is simple: fill out the language passport.You can print out our passport or make up your own.We have it available in English and Irish, so children can work on both! If you have a Read More

Language Explorers goes global!

2019 has been a fantastic year for Language Explorers! We have started a newsletter for schools, which has rapidly gained many subscribers, and we have visited schools, libraries and festivals, bringing language fun to more than 1,000 children!    The Language Explorers activity book was shipped to new countries including the Netherlands, France, Germany, Switzerland, Read More

Because it’s possible to have the rest of both worlds, but miss the best

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 Read More

Great news for heritage language schools in Ireland!

The second conference on heritage language education in Ireland hosted by Mother Tongues took place on 2nd November 2019 in the Teachers’ Club..It was a very inspiring event, filled with informative talks and presentations of projects as well as hands-on workshops on teaching techniques. We hosted over 60 teachers and representatives of complementary schools based Read More

Our multilingual city

It is very common nowadays to walk around any city or large town in Ireland and hear many different languages. Main streets are populated with road signs in Irish and English and with shop fronts that signal the presence of ethnic food, with signs written in Chinese, Arabic and Polish. We often pass by signs Read More

Building an intercultural programme for schools, a professional development opportunity

On Saturday 16 November 2019 Chester Beatty will hold a continuing professional development day for teachers interested in intercultural education. The CPD features a presentation from Mother Tongues director Dr Francesca La Morgia, who will talk about the Language Explorers project and will describe how teachers can embrace a plurilingual approach in the classroom and Read More

Mother Tongues Conference on Heritage Language Education in Ireland

The Second Mother Tongues Conference on Heritage Language Education in Ireland will take place on 2nd November in the Teachers Club (Parnell Square West). Our main goal is to bring together teachers, researchers and policymakers who have an interest in promoting heritage language education in Ireland. The conference creates a unique opportunity to share experiences Read More

Are you ready for your multilingual classroom?

Your multilingual pupils are getting ready to go back to school and they are keen to tell you all about their Summer holidays. Some will be shy, some won’t feel confident speaking English after a long period in their grandparents’ home abroad, some will want to say something, but the special word they are looking Read More

Story boxes in our mother tongues: a hands on multilingual literacy experience

Take a traditional tale that has travelled the world, build characters and props, and here you have a “story box”! Now it’s time for you to enjoy telling stories in many languages, share fun moments and engage with the whole school community! As part of the Language Explorers initiative, we visited a Junior Infants class in Dublin Read More