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 intoContinue reading “In Photos: Polish-speaking families engaging with the Irish language”

Synthesis of “Imagining inclusivity: The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland”

This workshop involved participation from academics, policymakers, practitioners both in Ireland and abroad. The workshop set out to gain insights, both theoretical and practical, in order to imagine a more inclusive Ireland from a linguistic perspective. Participants were posed the following three questions in group discussions:  1) What in your experience are the two greatestContinue reading “Synthesis of “Imagining inclusivity: The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland””

Thinking about multilingualism from the children’s point of view

One of the key messages that was most striking from last Thursday’s workshop ‘Imagining Inclusivity:  The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland’ (full report to follow) was the need to think about multilingualism from the children’s point of view.  Across the talks and discussions afterwards in the workshop, we as academics, practitioners, andContinue reading “Thinking about multilingualism from the children’s point of view”

Towards thinking ‘more multilingually’

Ahead of Thursday’s event, I thought I would highlight an article I wrote based on LaFS data which has now been made open access through the IReL agreement.  I am very pleased that this article can be open access beyond the institutional repository, as I feel it encapsulates the key findings of the project andContinue reading “Towards thinking ‘more multilingually’”

Imagining inclusivity: The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland

July 1, 2021 10am-1 pm Irish Standard Time Online (Event is free but please register by June 29, 2021: https://forms.office.com/r/QWG4Y66k02 ) Contact: Cassandra.Smith-Christmas@nuigalway.ie This workshop is designed to facilitate dialogue between academics, policymakers, practitioners, and NGOs in imagining a more inclusive Ireland, and the role that language plays in how we envisage this inclusivity. TheContinue reading “Imagining inclusivity: The role of language in an increasingly diverse Ireland”

The need to build links between FLP and childhood studies research

This week, I published an article in the journal Children & Society.  This was my first time publishing outside of socio-/applied linguistics journals and I learned a lot in the process. First and foremost, I learned how much childhood studies had to offer ‘Family Language Policy’ (FLP) research, and how there are many synergies betweenContinue reading “The need to build links between FLP and childhood studies research”

Whoever said migrant parenting was easy?

Today’s guest blog is written by Dr. Carmen Kealy, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway and migrant parent of three children (15, 19 and 21 years old). Dr. Kealy returned to third level education in 2010 and submitted her doctoral thesis Parenting in Ireland: Polish perspectives onContinue reading “Whoever said migrant parenting was easy?”

‘Heritage’ as Past, Present, and Future

Heritage.  When we hear that word, it immediately conjures up images of past, of something that is left behind, immutable.  That is not to say that heritage is precluded from positive associations; indeed, a tangible sense of ‘heritage’ can lead to many positive developments.  Although I feel the term ‘heritage language’ is useful in manyContinue reading “‘Heritage’ as Past, Present, and Future”

Shining at the front of the class: ELSTA and a multilingual Ireland

“And now, do you sit closer to the front of the class?” An enthusiastic nodding of heads. This was a video clip ELSTA executive member Livia Healy showed as part of the English Language Support for Teachers’ Association of Ireland (ELSTA) /OneVoiceforLanguages(OVFL) webinar held November 23, 2020.  In the video, students reflected on how theyContinue reading “Shining at the front of the class: ELSTA and a multilingual Ireland”

Thinking about inclusion and community in modern-day Ireland

‘What is ‘community’ in modern-day Ireland?’ This was the question posed to us by Anastasia Crickley in the Development Perspectives Toleration 4 Integration seminar November 16, 2020. This seminar provided a critical space for participants to consider how we conceptualise ‘integration.’ Much discussion centred on the importance of reciprocity—that ‘integration’ is a two-way street, andContinue reading “Thinking about inclusion and community in modern-day Ireland”

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