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anguage Explorers at the Chester Beatty Library

Language Explorers Workshop and book launch at the Chester Beatty Library

Language Explorers, coverJoin us for an interactive free workshop to discover a world of languages in the Chester Beatty Library!
The Language Explorers Activity Book will be launched at the Chester Beatty Library on 18th September at 4 pm and we are planning a fun and interactive workshop for primary school children in collaboration with the museum.
Everyone is welcome!

Join Francesca La Morgia, founder of Mother Tongues and Jenny Siung, Head of Education at the Chester Beatty Library, for the launch of the first publication for children by Mother Tongues. The Language Explorers Activity Book allows children to step into a world of languages and fosters their awareness of the diversity of languages that surround them. The book is a great resource for teachers in every school, and it is available in English and in Irish. Activities include word finding games, language hunts, writing in scripts from faraway lands, and exploring the treasures that can be found in the Chester Beatty Library.
The book will be available to purchase on the day. Or you can get your copy here for 13€,  – including postage and packaging!

If you would like to purchase more than one copy of the Language Explorers activity book, please fill in the form at this link. We will get back to you with a quote that accounts for the costs of postage and packaging. Discounts are available if you purchase more than 30 copies. For questions, please email

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Third Edition of the Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp

More and more language classes are emerging around Ireland. Some of them seek to promote the learning of a new language, and some support the learning and maintenance of heritage languages, which are the languages the child speaks in the home environment. Many families have the opportunity to travel to their home country and immerse the children in the language. This experience often results in a boost in heritage language skills and gives the child to really experience the language by interacting with peers and with the extended family.
For those who would like to experience a similar immersion experience, Summer immersion camps are the best opportunity to be exposed to the language in a fun way, without travelling too far from home. The Summer immersion camp organised by the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese is now in its third edition and it promises to be a fun and rewarding learning experience.
“Many research studies have shown that there are significant benefits to learning a second language at an early age such as oral proficiency, intrinsic motivation, effortless engagement, positive attitudes, higher phonological and grammatical abilities. The most effective language acquisition and highest proficiency methods of teaching and learning any languages are through immersion in that target language as well as to embrace the cultural dimension” says Evan Furlong, founder of the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese.
“Irish students have many advantages of thriving in the 21st century: speaking the world’s business language today, English as lingua franca the ease of learning a second language as being bilingual from an early age (Gaeilge and English) and the only English-speaking country in the EU after Brexit. It would be a shame if we do not seek the opportunity of learning the target language of future economic powerhouse, Mandarin Chinese.”
Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese is running its 7th Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Camp that offers many fun activities such as Chinese arts, crafts, cooking, songs and fun with Chinese characters. Please click HERE to read the programme details.
For more information about our school, visit or contact Evan Furlong at 0879911614.

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The tales at home project

Mother Tongues director Francesca La Morgia took part in the International Expert Meeting organised by the Tales at Home Project, where she talked about Mother Tongues, the family meet ups, Language Explorers and the Mother Tongues Festival. The meeting was a great opportunity to raise awareness of the organisation and to create links with organisations with similar goals which operate in other European countries.
The tales at home project aims to support multilingual families, helping them to create a favourable environment for language learning and well-being. This aim will be achieved by developing an innovative tool (app) for parents and their children to be used for language related emotion mapping within the family, helping to empower positive emotions and attitudes on a family level and thereby contributing to the improvement of well-being, social inclusion and language learning of the family members.
To find out more visit

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Mother Tongues Festival 2019

After the resounding success of our first edition, we are glad to announce that the Mother Tongues Festival 2019 will take place on 22nd-23rd February 2019 and it will be a celebration of Ireland’s linguistic diversity, with performances and workshops in many different languages. The festival will cater for all ages.

We are now accepting expressions of interest from musicians, writers, storytellers, actors and other performers.
Performances and/or workshops can be in any language spoken in Ireland, but priority will be given to languages other than English.
Performers should be based in Ireland.
Deadline for submissions is 6th April.
Our Festival committee will review expressions of interest and will invite selected artists to submit a full proposal in August.


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If you would like to sponsor the next edition fo Mother Tongues Festival, please get in touch:

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Mother Tongues Tent at St. Patrick’s Festival Big Day Out

Did you know that more than 180 languages are spoken in Ireland?
How many words in Irish have been borrowed from other languages? How many languages could St. Patrick speak?
Visit Mother Tongues stand @ St. Patrick’s Festival for an afternoon of language games and fun facts!

St. Patrick’s Festival – BIG DAY OUT – FREE Event
Sunday 18th March 2018, Merrion Square, Dublin 2

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