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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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Warner, Chantelle – AILA Review, 2018
In the ten years since the Modern Language Association published their report, "Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World" (2007) dissatisfaction with the "two-tiered configuration" of US foreign language departments has become increasingly vocal. While the target of the criticism is often the…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Departments