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Volunteers wanted!

Mother Tongues is looking for volunteers to assist during the Mother Tongues Festival (24th February 2018, Outhouse, 105 Capel street, Dublin1).

To apply, please fill in THIS FORM.
NEW deadline is 5th February.

Do not miss out on this great opportunity to participate in the first multilingual Festival in Ireland!

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Goodbye to an eventful 2017!

We are very close to the end of 2017, and I feel it is time to reflect on all the achievements of this very exciting year.
How did it all start? On a cold January day, after an inspiring chat with a colleague from Trinity College, I decided to restart a previous project which I had abandoned in 2010, when I left Ireland to take up a post at the University of Reading. Read more

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The principal of the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese visits our group in December

It has been fantastic to have Evan Furlong as our guest speaker for the Christmas edition of our families’ meeting. Evan moved to the cold emerald isle from exotic Taiwan 17 years ago and she is raising two multilingual children.
Evan talked to the group about some of the challenges of raising bilingual children in families where parents speak different languages and shared some of her tips based on her experience as a parent and a teacher of multilingual children.
In her experience, despite much research has shown the benefits of using two languages from an early age, it is still common to meet parents who give up their mother tongue.
In her talk, Evan tried to encourage parents to persevere and to use their mother tongue when talking to their children as much as possible.
Evan does not believe in the stereotypical “Tiger Mom” methods but believes that it is important to encourage children to learn their parents’ language and to also learn about the culture of their parents’ countries of origin.
Evan has a Masters in Education from UCD, and she is the principal of the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese, which has its base in Greystones, County Wicklow.
The school offers weekly classes and summer camps to primary and secondary school children.
To find out more about the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese, you can visit their website www.dsmc.biz/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DublinMandarinSchool/
Evan will also run an exciting Chinese papercutting workshop for kids 8+ at our Mother Tongues Festival. Find out more here.
Claudia Kunkel

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Would you like to sponsor our first Mother Tongues Festival?

Mother Tongues, Mother Tongues Dublin, mother tongues, multilingualism, rising bilingual children Dublin, bilingualism, DublinTo celebrate UNESCO International Mother Language Day, and the first birthday of Mother Tongues, we will host the first Mother Tongues Festival.
The Mother Tongues Festival will take place on 24th February 2018, and it will be a celebration of Ireland’s linguistic diversity, with performances and workshops in many different languages.
Find out more about our lineup on the Festival official website: www.mothertonguesfestival.com.
Our team is working hard to organise this unforgettable event and we are looking for sponsors.
Sponsorship will be used for festival costs and will also be a fundraiser for Mother Tongues activities held throughout the year.

There are three levels of sponsorship available:

  • Level 1: A donation of 100
    Acknowledgement of your sponsorship and your logo in the festival programme, and on the Mother Tongues Festival website and Facebook page;
  • Level 2: A donation of €200
    Acknowledgement of your sponsorship and your logo in the festival programme and on the Mother Tongues Festival website and Facebook page;
    Corporate signage at the Mother Tongues Festival;
  • Level 3: A donation of €500
    Acknowledgement of your sponsorship/your logo in the festival programme and on the Mother Tongues Festival website and Facebook page;
    Corporate signage at the Mother Tongues Festival;
    A stand at Mother Tongues Festival (limited places);
    Your logo on the publicity fliers and slides at our Bilingual and Multilingual Family Network events .

Your sponsorship would mean that Mother Tongues can continue working to support bilingual and multilingual families in Ireland. To sponsor Mother Tongues, please email Elena: elena@mothertongues.ie.