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Language, Learning and Teaching

Irish Research Perspectives

Edited By Fiona Farr and Máiréad Moriarty

This book showcases recent work carried out by members of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL). By focusing on the relationship between language and its users within the micro context of Ireland, the contributors generate insights which promise to open up future avenues for Applied Linguistics research, both in Ireland and beyond.
The collection addresses two main themes within the field of Applied Linguistics: language learning and teaching, and the study of language and its discourses in context. In order to ensure that the volume is relevant to as wide an audience as is possible, it is not theoretically focused; rather, each chapter deals with a specific real world issue in context. The book provides an account of language problems that have arisen given the increasingly multilingual nature of Ireland, examines the current status of the Irish language and explores the potential for new technologies to enhance language learning and teaching.


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List of Tables and Figures vii Acknowledgements ix Fiona Farr and Máiréad Moriarty Introduction 1 Michael McCarthy Applied linguistics research: Connecting with the bigger picture 9 Section One Exploring Language Learning and Teaching 19 Mandy Collins 1 Teacher Acts, Class Speaks: Mime activating learning in today’s linguistically diverse classroom 21 Colin John Flynn 2 The role of culture in minority language learning: The case of adult learners of Irish 41 Lauren Kavanagh and Tina Hickey 3 An exploration of parents’ experiences of involvement in immersion schooling: Identifying barriers to successful involvement 65 vi Malgorzata Machowska-Kosciak 4 A language socialization perspective on knowledge and identity construction in Irish post-primary education 87 Section Two Exploring Language and Discourses 111 Joanna Baumgart 5 Looking at multicultural classrooms in Ireland: Teacher educators’ perspectives 113 Margaret Healy and Kristin Onderdonk Horan 6 Looking at language in hotel management education 141 Noel P. Ó Murchadha 7 Caighdeáin, caighdeánú agus torthaí ar chaighdeánú na Gaeilge 167 Elaine Riordan 8 Online ref lections: The implementation of blogs in language teacher education 195 Notes on Contributors 229 Index 233

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