All-Island
Education Network

The All-Island Education Network is an online community of practice created by Mother Tongues and Full Service Community Network for teachers (teaching 5 to 12 years old pupils) and practitioners in education settings North and South of the border interested in the themes of teaching EAL learners in the mainstream classroom, multilingual approaches in the classroom and developing home/school communication with migrant families.

Scaffolding Part I

In this video, Hilary Brennan, EAL Teacher St Claire’s Primary School, Belfast tells us about scaffolding, what it is, how we do it and why.

Scaffolding Part II

Scaffolding is a teaching method to help students to become independent learners. Sophie Cocault, EAL Project Worker, Full Comunity Service Network, Belfast tells us more about it in this video.

Embedding plurilingualism in our classroom

In this video, Justin McGuire, Infants’ Teacher at St Mary’s Primary school, Dublin shares with us ways of embedding plurilingualism in the classroom in simple ways.

Home-school communications in cultural and linguistically diverse schools

In this video, Home-School Community Liaison Kate McCaughey talks to us about home-school communications in their setting, St Mary’s Primary school, a very cultural and linguistically diverse school in Dublin’s inner city.

Young Interpreters Programme in Primary Schools

In this video, Home-School Community Liaison Kate McCaughey talks to us about the Young Interpreters Programme and how it runs at St Mary’s Primary School, Dublin.

How to translate a document in Google Docs and in Microsoft Word (tutorial)

Watch this short tutorial to see how to translate a document in Google Docs and in Microsoft Word.
The video was created by Phil McCarthy from ELSTA Ireland

Scaffolding is a teaching method to help students to become independent learners.
These videos show classroom practice with EAL learners in two schools in Belfast.

Scaffolding (Primary School): using visual organisers

Scaffolding (Primary School): using modelling

Scaffolding (Primary School): using substitution tables

Scaffolding (Post-Primary School): using visual organisers

Scaffolding (Post-Primary School): using Dictogloss

Scaffolding (Post-Primary School): using substitution tables

Scaffolding (Post-Primary School): using modelling

Other toolkits

The All-Island Education Network aims to:

Create

opportunities to share good practice through increased dialogue, working together and sharing resources

Learn

about best practice North and South of the border in collaborating with migrant parents

Build

further partnerships between voluntary sector organisations and government education agencies.

The All-Island Education Network is a project funded by the All Island Communities Fund. 

Mother Tongues is a social enterprise working to promote multilingualism and intercultural dialogue in Ireland.
We do this through three interconnected goals:

    1. Educating and empowering parents and educators
    2. Creating networks and support groups for multilingual families
    3. Raising awareness of the benefits of multilingualism and intercultural dialogue for individuals and society.

To reach our goals we work with public and private partners such as government departments, charities, local authorities, businesses, health services, universities and research centres, community groups, arts and culture organisations.
Find out more: mothertongues.ie

The FSCN aims to raise educational attainment by working in partnership to address the educational needs of children, their families and the local community of Upper Springfield and Greater Falls.
Full Service Community Network (FSCN) is a project funded by the Department of Education’s (DE) ‘Tackling Educational Disadvantage  Team via the Catholic Council for Maintained Schools (CCMS) which has managerial responsibility for the project.

FSCN provides a range of educational support services for children, young people, families, schools and the wider community of Upper Springfield and Greater Falls areas (2 of the most economically and socially deprived wards in the North of Ireland) with the core aim of working in partnership with schools to help raise standards in addressing low and under achievement. Find out more.

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