Summer tips for your bilingual family

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Tip 1. Read, read and read some more! It’s official, Summer is here! Many parents I spoke to recently told me that they were going to spend the Summer holidays in their home country, and they were happy knowing that this experience would boost their children’s language skills. For those who won’t be travelling to …

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“Sou mar” book launch

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[text in Portuguese below – texto em português abaixo] We leave home, manage to fit our lives in thirty-two kilos…Get the flight, on an unknown soil we land, we open the luggage of our life and ask: ‘What is missing? ’or ‘What is extra weight?’ and the journey starts. Maybe life is something like this …

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Lots of great news for Mother Tongues!

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Dear all, We are approaching the start of our Summer holidays, and the Dublin heatwave has definitely given me great energy! The Mother Tongues team will be working “behind the scenes” to offer a rich programme of activities for families and for schools, but before “leaving” you for a couple of months we will give …

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Orla’s fundraising run in support of Mother Tongues

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We are delighted to announce that our friend Orla Fitzgerald has decided to run the Waterford city marathon in support of Mother Tongues. This will be Orla’s 7th marathon in the past 5 years. Orla volunteered at the Mother Tongues Festival in February, and helped us greatly during our FundIt Campaign to raise funds for …

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Third Edition of the Mandarin Chinese Summer Camp

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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 …

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GDPR – Action Required!

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You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, if you subscribed to our mailing list, we need to confirm that you would like to receive content from us, especially our monthly newsletter. We hope that our content …

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The tales at home project

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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 …

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Why is my child refusing to speak my language?

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There are several reasons why a child refuses to use their parents’ language. I used to teach a girl in a Polish Saturday school who was very uncertain about her reading skills in Polish. Every time I asked her to read a text, she would say “please no” or she would whisper. Once we had a …

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