Celebrate International Mother Language Day in schools all over Ireland this February! We chose the theme of the Language Garden.
We can use different languages, but your mother tongue is charged with a unique emotional power, particularly if it’s a minority language.
Teachers tell me they are really impressed with the level of engagement of the students, learning and exploring new languages around them.
When I asked the young people why they think we should do multilingual workshops, one young person said “to create language friendships”.
Language Explorers is designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and to promote an interest in language learning.
I'm Polish, my husband is Irish and our daughters are bilingual. I knew from the beginning that I’ll be using my mother tongue with them.
How can we pass these onto our children without overwhelming them? What will be their identity and how will their languages shape them?
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.
For non-English speaking parents living in Ireland, reading to their children in their home language might be a challenge