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The silver lining of pandemic in 2020

News and updates from the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese.
Read this blog by school director Evan Furlong to find out more about how her school transformed during the pandemic.
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Looking back to the last two and a half unprecedented months, if your jobs are not affected or living alone, to most people, it’s a blessing in disguise.  We spent more time with family whether it’s a good or bad thing (ie it’s a bad thing with my teenager but a good thing for me), we have a greener earth and we all learned a thing or two with taking up tasks virtually or differently.  Personally I feel great to get out and walk everywhere within the restriction limit with the family.  We actually talk to family and friends more than ever in this technology age.

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Likewise in running the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese, our classes carried on with thanks to technology so that learning can take place at home.  Many families spend their Saturdays on heritage language education and some of them would spend an equal amount of time in commuting to and from the limited services across the country.  It’s much easier for families like these to access such services remotely which we will be launching for September 2020.  Watch this space.  As part of the learning of our culture, we challenge our students to take part in paper cutting, traditional arts, brush painting, culinary skills, trying out food, and learn about our traditional festivals etc. 
This remains a huge challenge to deliver online.

Thanks to many organisations such as Mother Tongues, the Overseas Community and Council Affair and Hua Hsia Chinese school in the UK, we’ve learnt & shared new tricks on teaching online.

We regret to inform you that the #TOCFL and #CCCC tests will be postponed until September due to the outbreaks of #Covid19.  The good news is that you’ll have time to prepare! Check out our website for more information.

Evan Furlong


Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese is one of the Schools Member of Mother Tongues. Would you like your school to become a member too? Visit this page to find out more.

português

The ultimate list to keep up Portuguese at home!

The ultimate list to keep up Portuguese at home!

Schools are closed, families are far apart, but language can keep us together and get our brains active!
Here are some links to help families keep up the Portuguese language and learn something new!
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Science related activities to do during lockdown: www.cienciaviva.pt

Downloadable illustrated book explaining the virus and what happens if granny catches it.

Books for children read by their authors: www.publico.pt

Online radio station for children and parents where children can listen to music, fairy tales, educational programs etc. A fantastic way to explore the world and develop children’s imagination while at home.

A blog with many children stories: historiasparaosmaispequeninos.wordpress.com

Learn about water with the Museum of Water and play with it.

Museums at home: lisboasecreta.co

COMING SOON – 14/05/2020

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The bilingual child

Live Webinar with Dr Francesca La Morgia - Part 2

How children become bilingual in the first years of life

Typical language development in bilingual children aged 3 to 6

Activities that boost language skills in early childhood

How Mother Tongues supports bilingual/multilingual families

The webinar is free for Mother Tongues Members but registration is needed. 

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The ultimate list to keep up Spanish at home!

The ultimate list to keep up Spanish at home!

Schools are closed, families are far apart, but language can keep us together and get our brains active!
Here are some links to help families keep up the Spanish language and learn something new!
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Babyradio.es is a Radio station for children and parents where children can listen to music, fairy tales, educational programs etc from Spain and Latin America. A fantastic way to explore the world and develop children’s imagination while at home. Lots of fun para los pequeños! A full directory of radios for Spanish speaker children can be found here.

Planinfantil provides a series of activities, including arts and crafts, theatre and recipes, to do at home in Spanish thought especially for the lockdown.

Free online theatre. In this website it’s possible to register for free and watch theatre plays for children in Spanish.

A directory of stories in Spanish that you can read to your children: www.conmishijos.com/

www.conmishijos.com – a blog for parents with plenty of ideas for learning through having fun and building children’s creativity through DIY and art at home.

lavozdelmuro.net 50+ activities to enjoy et home with children of all ages.

This is a YouTube channel that guide small children through the basic of the Spanish language with a lot of fun!

A book to learn meditation with the parents in Spanish.

A YouTube playlist of children’s films to watch for free and another list of suggested movies for the whole family to enjoy during the quarantine.

COMING SOON – 07/05/2020

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The bilingual child

Live Webinar with Dr Francesca La Morgia - Part 1

How children become bilingual

What to expect in the first three years of life

Activities that boost language skills in early childhood

How Mother Tongues supports bilingual/multilingual families

The webinar is free for Mother Tongues Members but registration is needed. 

dr francesca la morgia

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The ultimate list to keep up Polish at home!

The ultimate list to keep up Polish at home!

Schools are closed, families are far apart, but language can keep us together and get our brains active!
Here are some links to help families keep up the Polish language and learn something new!
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Polskie Radio Dzieciom/Polish Radio for Children www.polskieradio.pl/18,Dzieci – a 24-hour Radio Poland station for children and parents where children can listen to music, fairy tales, educational programs etc. A fantastic way to explore the world and develop children’s imagination while at home or in the car. Lots of fun, children’s music charts and interesting competitions!

Polish your Polish www.pyp.edu.pl – Imagine that aliens visit Earth and land in Poland. They are curious about this new land, its inhabitants and language, so their mission is to learn about the country… This is how this educational game about Poland, Polish language and culture starts. Great fun while learning Polish vocabulary, grammar, geography and more!

Historia dla dzieci, a YouTube channel where school-age children can listen and learn about Polish history.

Moje dzieci kreatywnie www.mojedziecikreatywnie.pl – a blog for parents with plenty of ideas for learning through having fun and building children’s creativity through DIY and art at home.

Strefa Psotnika www.strefapsotnika.pl – a Polish blog about literature for children. Many beautiful pictures, book reviews, interviews with artists, competitions for children. Let’s find out what to read with your children!

iTeatr dla Szkół  – the Polish National TV project that aims to promote theatre among children. Videos of theatre shows, school performances and video coverage from theatre-related events available to watch online.

Teatr Lalki i Aktora w Łomży www.teatrlomza.pl/spektakle-teatralne-online/ during the pandemic time, Łomża Puppet Theatre for children presents its performances online.

Bajkowisko.pl  – a YouTube channel with fairy tales, songs and books to listen in Polish for young and school-age children.

The Warsaw Rising Museum/Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego presents live history lessons from the museum for primary and secondary school students (and everyone interested) on their Facebook page

Copernicus Science Centre/Centrum Nauki Kopernik w Warszawie – watch exciting experiments that your children can make at home, learn about DIY ideas that develop their skills, take part in a virtual walk through the Copernicus Science Centre and many other events online.

Pisupisu.pl pisupisu.pl/ – loads of educational content for preschool and school-age children, such as Polish language games, quizzes to primary school books, phonetic exercises.

Uniwersytet Dzieci/Children’s University Foundation wklasie.uniwersytetdzieci.pl – really nice ideas on lessons for teachers. Videos can also be used by parents who are interested in supporting their children’s education at home during the pandemic time.

Włącz Polskę www.wlaczpolske.pl/ – a Polish educational project that aims to promote and share educational materials for Polish children learning abroad. Everyone can find here many exercises grouped by children’s age, subject and knowledge level. You can create your own coursebook to learn Polish language, history and geography online of for print.

SuperKid www.superkid.pl/ – a website for parents and teachers of preschool and early school-age children. Educational materials for print and online, such as language games, colouring, puzzles, domino, reading and spelling exercises, quizzes for Polish primary school books, and the like.

COMING SOON – 07/05/2020

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

The bilingual child

Live Webinar with Dr Francesca La Morgia - Part 1

How children become bilingual

What to expect in the first three years of life

Activities that boost language skills in early childhood

How Mother Tongues supports bilingual/multilingual families

The webinar is free for Mother Tongues Members but registration is needed. 

dr francesca la morgia

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Heritage Language Teach Meet (virtual)

A virtual teach meet of heritage language teachers in Ireland

This teach meet brings together professionals involved in the teaching of complementary schools/Saturday or Sunday Schools, so those who teach heritage languages outside the formal education system in Ireland. The goal of this network is to support each other, share ideas and resources and to get inspired by the practice of others.
During the school closures due to Covid-19 these meetings will happen online and they will focus on delivering heritage language education via online channels.
A link to an online meeting will be sent to those who register for the event.

Register here: www.eventbrite.ie