Pass on your language to the next generation no matter how much they protest, they will thank you eventually!
My daughters love attending heritage language classes, which are very dynamic and creative, with a learning by doing approach.
Supporting Multilingual Classrooms, ECML national training workshop. 27th & 28th September 2021 2pm-6.30pm
For non-English speaking parents living in Ireland, reading to their children in their home language might be a challenge
I am so thankful to have all the languages I do in my life along with some idea of phrases and words in other languages such as French, German and Japanese that I would have learnt at school. Languages are not a privilege and they are open to anyone and everyone.
These months away from school may have given families the chance to boost their home languages and we hope that some of the ideas and tips in our blog have helped you along the way.
The act of listening is perhaps the most underrated skill there is in education. Right now teachers are multi-tasking: teaching, preparing engaging online resources and activities, checking in with their students and families.
We are in the middle of one of the most challenging times for our society. Parents of young children, with the rollercoaster of school closures and limitations affecting relationships and community support, have not had an easy time during this pandemic.
In January 2021 300 children from Irish primary schools travelled the world with Mother Tongues and with true locals...virtually of course!
Why is my child not speaking back to me in my native language? What techniques can I use to encourage my child to talk more in the heritage language? Since this is the most frequently asked question, we decided to offer a webinar dedicated to this topic, with practical ideas tried and tested by parents around the world.
If you can’t attend the webinar, don’t worry! We will make it available on our members’ page, which is full of great content!
About the speaker
Francesca is the founder and director of Mother Tongues.
She has been working as a lecturer in child language development since 2010 both in Ireland and in the UK. She is currently lecturing in linguistics at Ulster University and in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education in Maynooth.
Since 2006, her research has focused on child language development and bilingualism. She has been running workshops for bilingual families, teachers and other professionals for more than 10 years.