First Mother Tongues Conference on Heritage language education in Ireland
3rd November 2018 – Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council – 10am to 3pm
This conference brings together teachers, researchers and policymakers who have an interest in community-based heritage language education in Ireland.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear about different projects and initiatives and will be able to meet heritage language teachers from all over Ireland.
10.10 Registration and welcome
10.40 Renata Emilsson Peskova, 24 years of Móðurmál – the Association on Bilingualism
11.15 Dr Kènia Puig i Planella, The Post-Primary Languages Initiative
11.50 Dr Francesca La Morgia will lead a networking activity for participants
1.00 Short presentations by heritage language teachers
1.30 Dr Rory Mc Daid, The migrant teacher project
2.10 Dr Erika Piazzoli, Embodying voice and emotions across languages: from policy to practice (workshop)
Dr Francesca La Morgia is Assistant Professor in Clinical Speech and Language Studies in Trinity College Dublin, and the coordinator of the Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism and Multilingualism. Since 2006, her research has focused on child language development and bilingualism. She is the founder of Mother Tongues.
Dr. Kènia Puig i Planella works as an Education Officer with the Post-Primary Languages Initiative. She has expertise in curriculum development and has developed Junior Cycle short courses for Polish and Lithuanian as heritage languages. Kènia is also a teacher educator and delivers Continuing Professional Development for both heritage language and MFL teachers. Her professional interests include multilingualism and intercultural education as well as second language acquisition and teaching and learning.
Agnieszka Matys Foley was born in Kołobrzeg, in the north of Poland, and has been living in Ireland for over 12 years now.
Co-founder of and Education Manager in the Polish Teachers Association, she is also a deputy principal and Polish language teacher in one of the largest complementary school in Dublin, established in 2010, with over 650 pupils in the current school year.
She is interested in the home/heritage language acquisition, maintenance and development.
For many years she has been involved in the field of linguistic education, through delivering in-service training for complementary school teachers and design of teaching resources and materials for various age groups.