For primary schools
Whether it is Irish or any other language, many families in Ireland speak a language other than English in the home. This brings enormous richness to a society but also poses challenges in preschool and primary school classrooms.
Mother Tongues have designed a range of webinars for early childhood educators and primary school teachers in areas related to linguistic and cultural diversity (currently via Zoom). Our training aims at empowering teachers and school leaders working in linguistically and culturally diverse schools.
With Dr Francesca La Morgia as Mother Tongues’ founder and director, we are national leaders and experts in this area. We offer CPD programmes to teachers tailored to your school’s needs and online resources for teachers.
Education towards plurilingualism is at the very heart of European integration and 2021 UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day’s theme: “Fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.
Mother Tongues believes education, based on the first language or mother tongue, must begin from the early years as early childhood care and education is the foundation of learning.
About Dr La Morgia
Dr Francesca La Morgia is the founder and director of Mother Tongues. She holds a PhD in bilingual language acquisition and has been working as a lecturer since 2010 both in Ireland and in the UK. She is currently lecturing in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education at Maynooth University and delivering teacher training in the area of language around Europe. Dr La Morgia has been running workshops for bilingual families, teachers and other professionals for more than 10 years.