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Slatinská, Anna; Pecníková, Jana – European Journal of Contemporary Education, 2017
The focal point of the article is Irish language teaching in the Republic of Ireland. Firstly, we deal with the most significant documents where the status of the Irish language is being defined. In this respect, for the purposes of analysis, we have chosen the document titled "20 Year Strategy for the Irish language" which plays a…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Maintenance, Second Language Instruction, Self Concept
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Brennan, Sara C. – Language Policy, 2018
Based on ethnographic fieldwork in two towns in the Republic of Ireland, this article explores the local negotiation, endorsement, and contestation of two community-level Irish language advocacy organizations' attempts to regulate the use of Irish in business by mobilizing discourses of language commodification to position Irish as a commercial…
Descriptors: Commercialization, Irish, Foreign Countries, Ethnography
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Parsons, Christine E.; Lyddy, Fiona – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2016
Schools in Ireland vary in how they introduce reading in the two official languages, Irish and English. There is particular variability within immersion (Irish medium) schools. Some introduce Irish reading first (IRF) and others English reading first (ERF). This study compared the development of Irish and English skills in children attending…
Descriptors: Literacy, Bilingualism, Second Language Learning, Longitudinal Studies
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Ó Ceallaigh, T. J.; Ní Dhonnabháin, Áine – International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education, 2015
As a language, Irish is unique to Ireland and is, therefore, of crucial importance to the identity of the Irish people, to Irish culture and to world heritage. The Irish language however has had a turbulent and traumatic history and has endured a complex and varied relationship with the Irish people. Since the foundation of the Irish Free State,…
Descriptors: Irish, History, Models, Language Planning
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O'Toole, Ciara; Hickey, Tina M. – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2017
This study investigated the role of language exposure in vocabulary acquisition in Irish, a threatened minority language in Ireland which is usually acquired with English in a bilingual context. Using a bilingual Irish-English adaptation of the MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories) [Fenson, L., V. A. Marchman, D. J. Thal, P. S.…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Language Minorities, Irish, Scores
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Burke, Christina – Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 2018
The transformation that Irish higher education (HE) has undergone since the mid-2000s has been particularly rapid and unidirectional. Following the Global Financial Crisis, the Irish Government sought to take control of tertiary education in an attempt to shield the country from future economic shocks. This paper succinctly discusses the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Neoliberalism
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Devitt, Ann; Condon, Joe; Dalton, Gene; O'Connell, Jane; Ní Dhuinn, Melanie – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2018
This paper presents an analysis of primary schoolchildren's attitudes to the Irish language, Gaeilge, in the context of national policy in the Republic of Ireland. In particular, the study examines the factors (social, cultural, cognitive and organisational) that may be related to a pronounced excess in disengagement with Irish over and above…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Self Efficacy, Economic Factors, Foreign Countries
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Griffin, Marie – International Studies in Catholic Education, 2018
In the first half of 2007, Catholic Education an Irish Schools Trust (CEIST) was established when several Religious Congregations handed trusteeship of their schools to a lay company. As CEIST--in the Irish language the word 'CEIST' means 'question'--completes 10 years serving the needs of its 110 secondary schools, it seems an appropriate time to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, Catholic Schools, School Administration
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Dalton, Gene; Devitt, Ann – International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2016
In the 2011 census almost one in three Irish teenagers claimed to be unable to speak Irish (Central Statistics Office, Ireland, 2012), despite the language being taught daily in school. The challenges facing the Irish language in schools are complex and multifaceted. The research reported here attempts to address some of these challenges by…
Descriptors: Irish, Computer Games, Teaching Methods, Language Usage
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Nic Fhlannchadha, Siobhán; Hickey, Tina M. – International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 2018
The Irish language is a minority language undergoing the attenuation and accelerated change commonly seen as threatened languages come under increasing pressure from the dominant language. The decline of the numbers of traditional speakers and growing numbers of L2 speakers of Irish has given rise to some contested spaces regarding authenticity,…
Descriptors: Language Minorities, Native Speakers, Irish, Semi Structured Interviews
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Ward, Monica – Research-publishing.net, 2015
Irish is a compulsory subject in Irish schools. However, there are several pedagogical issues with teaching and learning the language. Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) is under-utilised in schools in Ireland and even more so in the case of Irish, as there are very few CALL resources for the language. This paper looks at the lessons…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Irish, Natural Language Processing, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Hickey, Tina M.; Stenson, Nancy – Language, Culture and Curriculum, 2016
Hickey's (1991) article ["Leisure reading in a second language: An experiment with audio tapes." "Language, Culture and Curriculum," 4(2), 119-131. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07908319109525098] reported the benefits of audio-support for L2 reading of real books, showing gains in fluency and motivation among…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Irish, Language Maintenance
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Nic Fhlannchadha, Siobhán; Hickey, Tina M. – First Language, 2017
An in-depth examination of the acquisition of grammatical gender has not previously been conducted for Irish, an endangered indigenous language now typically acquired simultaneously with English, or as L2. Children acquiring Irish must contend with the opacity of the Irish gender system and the plurifunctionality of the inflections used to mark…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Acquisition, Grammar, Form Classes (Languages)
McClure, Donald Robison, II – ProQuest LLC, 2016
Since the 1990s, Ireland has experienced a significant increase in racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity due, in large part, to immigration. A major cause for immigration in Ireland has been economic growth, although other influences, such as social factors, have played a role, too. Perhaps one of the most visible effects immigration and…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Citizenship, Self Concept, Case Studies
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Flannery, Marie; McGarr, Oliver – Irish Educational Studies, 2014
Irish public policy strongly promotes greater flexibility in higher education. This review paper examines Irish policy conceptualisations of flexible learning. The review finds that the promotion of flexible learning is positioned within strongly economistic discourses of lifelong learning, and primarily in human capital terms of meeting the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Flexible Scheduling, Lifelong Learning
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