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Nic Fhlannchadha, Siobhán; Hickey, Tina M. – Language and Education, 2019
There can be significant diversity in the language experience of minority language children, and in the levels of proficiency reached. The declining numbers of children now exposed to Irish include those from homes where only/mainly Irish is spoken, those with only one Irish-speaking parent, and children from homes where one/both parent(s) speak…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Language Minorities, Irish, Language Usage
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Kavanagh, Lauren; Hickey, Tina M. – Language and Education, 2013
There is now consensus among researchers and educators that parental involvement in education is related to children's academic and social success at school. However, less is known about the reasons why some parents choose to become involved and others do not. In recent years, there has been a move towards developing theoretical models which can…
Descriptors: Parent Participation, Academic Achievement, Parent Attitudes, Immersion Programs
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Murtagh, Lelia; Francis, Tracy – Language and Education, 2012
Since the establishment of a Language Support Service in 1999, all newcomer children with limited English skills arriving in schools in Ireland are entitled to two years of additional English language support. This is provided mainly by designated Language Support Teachers (LSTs). During the peak of the Celtic Tiger, there was a sharp growth in…
Descriptors: Interviews, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Teaching Methods
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MacRuairc, Gerry – Language and Education, 2011
The central role played by language in mediating school experience and the prestige accorded to standard language varieties within the field of education provide the broad rationale for this paper. This qualitative study, based on a friendship focus-group design, was conducted in two groups of 12-year-old children from contrasting "ideal…
Descriptors: Social Class, Language Variation, Educational Experience, Elementary School Students
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Hickey, Tina M. – Language and Education, 2007
A central tenet of two-way immersion has been that the minority language children benefit from mother-tongue support in addition to instruction and interaction in the majority language (usually English) with their peers in high prestige programmes, while the English speakers gain valuable opportunities for peer interaction in their L2 with native…
Descriptors: Irish, Immersion Programs, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning
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Wallen, Matthew; Kelly-Holmes, Helen – Language and Education, 2006
Due to growth in immigration to the Republic of Ireland, the number of language minority students enrolling in primary schools has increased substantially over the last 10 years. The Irish context is a particularly interesting one in that until recently Ireland was a country of net emigration with limited experience of cultural diversity. An…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Language Minorities, Irish