There are many children in Ireland today who speak a language other than English at home. These children are simultaneously learning two new languages when they start primary school, those being English and Irish, while also further developing their native tongue at home.
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Mother Tongues the Podcast This month RTé Junior Radio have launched a new podcast, co-produced with Mother Tongues and many families from around the world who live in Ireland. From Tamil to Italian, from Chinese to Gaeilge, there is something for everyone to learn! Through fun games, stories, recipes and songs, every child can learn Read More
What’s your name What’s your name? started in February 2020, during the Mother Tongues Festival in Tallaght. The aim of the project was to show the range of names that people have as a way to demonstrate not only that Ireland is the home of many languages, nationalities and identities, but also that while we Read More
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
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
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