Category: Language Explorers

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New pilot programme on multilingualism

New pilot programme on multilingualism to be funded by RTÉ Late Late Toy Show Appeal 2022

A pilot project bringing ‘a creative, playful, storytelling approach to multilingualism’ in preschool settings in Dublin 24 will be made possible by funding from the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal 2022.
We are delighted to work in partnership with Early Childhood Ireland, the leading organisation in the Early Years sector, to deliver this programme. The pilot project, which will be delivered through home-preschool partnerships, is expected to launch in Dublin 24 later in 2022.
Welcoming the grant funding, Dr Francesca La Morgia, Director of Mother Tongues, said: “Thanks to the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal funding we will be able to have a lasting impact on children, parents and early childhood educators. Language and literacy are key to the child’s development and adults can play a key role in enhancing language skills in the early years. We are delighted to be able to partner with an organisation such as Early Childhood Ireland, which leads in the sector and we look forward to inspiring more and more early years settings to embrace multilingualism”
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Lezioni di italiano: Language Explorers ITALIANO

lezioni di italianoIl team di Mother Tongues è lieto di annunciare il lancio di un corso di italiano per bambini, chiamato Language Explorers ITALIANO che si svolgerà presso il Perrystown Community Centre.
Si tratta di un ciclo di 13 lezioni di italiano per bambini madrelingua. Questo gruppo comprende bambini che hanno appreso l’italiano in Italia e bambini che lo hanno appreso in Irlanda. L’obiettivo di questo corso è di affrontare tematiche multidisciplinari usando la lingua italiana, lavorando su compentenze orali e scritte come delineato dal MIUR nel contesto della scuola primaria italiana. Tratteremo temi di arte, storia, geografia, scienze e scienze sociali. I temi trattati verrano scelti in base agli interessi dei bambini e non in base ad un programma o ad un libro. Le classi hanno un numero massimo di 8 partecipanti per fare sì che ogni bambino possa seguire un percorso indicato per le proprie abilità e i propri interessi.
Il corso prevede la frequenza ad un ciclo di 13 settimane, dall’11 Settembre all’11 Dicembre 2019 con una pausa per il Midterm break.
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Story boxes in our mother tongues: a hands on multilingual literacy experience

Take a traditional tale that has travelled the world, build characters and props, and here you have a “story box”!
Now it’s time for you to enjoy telling stories in many languages, share fun moments and engage with the whole school community!

As part of the Language Explorers initiative, we visited a Junior Infants class in Dublin to create the opportunity for children to experience various languages and to learn more about one another.
We chose the Three Little Pigs, a very familiar tale, and we invited parents to take part in the project.
Parents joined their children in building the props and telling the stories in their mother tongue.

The discussions among the children were fascinating:

– “Look! I made a pig unicorn!”
– How do you say “horn” in your language?
– Rożek (in polish)
– Oh! like courgette!
– yeah! but it’s not the same /R/ (referring to the pronunciation of the r sound). I now know 3 ways to do /R/: English, polish and french!

Parents had fun telling the story in their mother tongue and for many, it was the first time they spoke their language in front of their child’s class.
The children heard the same story told in English, Irish, Portuguese, Japanese and French. This was a great opportunity for all children to be exposed to new sounds and words and to understand the diversity that their friends and the families bring to the school as an enrichment to the whole school community.
Children were delighted to share their heritage with the rest of the class and they were very excited to see their parents speak a language in school that is only usually spoken at home. The comments, the observations, the laughter, the attempts to imitate sounds and words allowed everyone to experiment with linguistic diversity.
It was a fantastic experience and we hope to be able to bring this initiative to more schools, so get in touch if you would like to bring this project to your school!
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