In Photos: Polish-speaking families engaging with the Irish language

One of the methodologies in LaFS was a language diary, in which families were asked to document their experiences of ‘language’ in their everyday lives. Here is a selection of some of the photos that the Polish-speaking families included in showing their relationship with the Irish language. For more on Polish-speaking families integrating Irish into their linguistic practices, see my article in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. These photos highlight how Irish as a compulsory subject in school forms a large component of families’ engagement with Irish- however, this engagement transcends the school, and families integrate Irish into their homes in different ways.

The Irish language around the house

This shows the Wieniawskis’ refrigerator. Here we see the Irish language, the English translation and some of the Polish phonetics. In the Wieniawski family, the mother is making a concerted effort to learn Irish.
The Novaks’ calendar
The Wieniawskis using Irish-English dictionaries available in the newspaper

Irish and School

Congratulations, Magda, for being nominated as ‘Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine’ (‘Irish Speaker of the Week’)
The Wieniawskis and preparing Irish language home learning activities
Anita Wieniawskis writing “I gave my mother a present. I said ‘I don’t like vegetables.'” (In one of the recordings for the language diary, Anita recites a poem about a boy who does not like his vegetables).

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 794800”.

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