Welcome to the March Newsletter!
This month is packed with great events! Whether you are a parent a teacher or a language enthusiast, there is something for you to get excited about!
Mother Tongues and RTÉJr celebrate International Mother Language day!
To celebrate the event we gathered children from across the country to share their thoughts and feelings around their languages. Farsi, Gaeilge, German, Tamil, Zulu, Ndebele, Urdu, Russian and Marathi all in the one Zoom room! Watch a snippet of our chats here and listen to the full podcast here <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=8064f1a193&e=7eb825bf1b> .
How did the lockdown affect bilingual families?
Being away from school and friends has been hard for everyone, but how did the lockdowns affect bilingual families? Hear our Director Dr La Morgia in conversation with Dr Unsworth, linguist and creator of the Kletsheads podcast! Find out more <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/clicku=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=9fc71679a5&e=7eb825bf1b>
Events for parents
This month we are hosting two webinars for parents, (https://discover.mothertongues.ie/events/ <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=1c244ae1de&e=7eb825bf1b> ) and we are planning more virtual language gatherings, after the success of the Slovenian and the Italian speaking families meetups we held in February.
Events for teachers
We are delighted to offer two webinars for teachers who are interested in working effectively in classes where children speak multiple languages. This month’s guest speaker is the amazing Anne-Sophie Cocault! Find out more <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=c304fde0be&e=7eb825bf1b>
E-SouthAsia International Mother Language Day Special
International Mother Language Day 2021, the Mother Tongues Festival was discussed at the international panel “Language Beyond Borders”
Guests included Daya Dissanayaka, Author, Novelist and Poet living in Sri Lanka, Dr Francesca La Morgia Director and Founder, Mother Tongues and Dr Manzoorul Abedin, Lecturer in linguistics in the UK. You can watch it back here <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=ccb70013e8&e=7eb825bf1b> .
Free playtime – Coffee, Cake & Play
Do you want to spend some playful time with your kids and make new friends online? We invite you to be part of our Second COFFEE, CAKE & PLAY time with us. Families with young children can connect while creating some Art & Craft together and nurturing an important support network. Find out more <https://mothertongues.us16.list-manage.com/track/click?u=10abca5159e6fb24b18e305c4&id=b5684024a4&e=7eb825bf1b>
A community of practice for teachers of community languages.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have been gathering teachers of community languages to share good practice and learn from one another.
Want to see what we got up to?