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Ó Duibhir, Pádraig; Ní Thuairisg, Laoise – AILA Review, 2019
There has been a long history of early Irish language learning in Ireland as a result of Government policy to promote greater use of Irish. All children learn Irish in school from age 4-18 years. The majority learn Irish as a subject, typically for 30-40 minutes per day, and the levels of competence achieved are mostly disappointing. Approximately…
Descriptors: Immersion Programs, Language Usage, Language Minorities, Language Maintenance
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Cenoz, Jasone; Gorter, Durk – AILA Review, 2008
Research on minority languages is ordinarily not well known by speakers of "big" languages but it has focused on several areas of Applied Linguistics and it is relevant to many areas. This current volume of "AILA Review" features five articles. Each of the articles emphasizes some aspects of research, depending on the recent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Applied Linguistics, Language Minorities, Language Usage
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Harris, John – AILA Review, 2008
Although the vast majority of people in Ireland have at least some knowledge of Irish, only a small minority speak it as a community language (in Gaeltacht areas in the west) or in the more widely dispersed Irish-speaking households in the large English speaking area. Primary schools have had a central role in language revitalisation since the…
Descriptors: Irish, Language Maintenance, Elementary Schools, School Role