Language Explorers Workshops
Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community and to promote an interest in language learning.
Language Explorers has been designed to:
Our programme Language Explorers has been selected as one of the most impactful and scalable innovations in education for the HundrED Spotlight on Parental Engagement!
Through interactive games, art-making, singing, storytelling and story writing, children become aware of their own language abilities and learn something new about each other and about the people who live in their local communities. Mother Tongues deliver Language Explorers Workshops all over Ireland.
Our facilitators are native speakers of Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Swahili, Xhosa, French, Spanish, Portuguese and many other languages! They bring their knowledge of their own language, as well as their ability to engage classes in the exploration of the languages spoken by pupils through games and activities that are fun and engaging.
A typical session lasts the duration of a lesson. Children get to hear about the facilitator’s story, some facts about the place they come from and about their mother tongue. Most facilitators are artists and/or qualified school teachers from abroad, and they all have plenty of experience working with children and working in Irish schools.
Depending on the facilitators’ skills and interests, the sessions can range from rap writing, to painting, from singing and storytelling to architecture and model making. They are designed to complement the Primary Language Curriculum goals and they focus on the celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity.
All the activities, games and stories are aimed at encouraging children to use their own mother tongue, as well as Irish and English, and to learn something new about the languages spoken by the children in their class.
We do our best to match your class with a facilitator from a linguistic background of your choice.
We recommend booking a minimum of three sessions for the children to get to know the facilitator and to reap the benefit of the use of the mother tongue at school. The three sessions could take place over three consecutive weeks or three months.
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