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Language, Learning and Teaching

Irish Research Perspectives

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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We would like to thank the many people who have helped in the preparation and production of this book. Its conception owes much to the stimulating Postgraduate conference hosted by IRAAL (Irish Association for Applied Linguistics) at the University of Limerick in October 2010. Versions of the chapters included were first aired as papers at that conference, and discussions and feedback that we received have helped shape the ensuing volume. We would like to sincerely thank the many reviewers, colleagues both old and new, who carefully reviewed each chapter and made the overall editorial process smooth and enjoyable (David Atkinson, Lorna Carson, Máiréad Conneely, Barbara Geraghty, Helen Kelly-Holmes, Freda Mishan, Oliver McGarr, Brona Murphy, Lelia Murtagh, Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin, Anne O’Keef fe, Muiris Ó Laoire, Stephanie O’Riordan, Ide O’Sullivan, Mary Ruane, Steve Walsh, and Paul Wickens). We would also like to acknowledge the anonymous reviewer of the book proposal for helpful and insightful comments which we hope that we have been able to address. Thanks also to Christabel Scaife at Peter Lang for help and guidance in the development of this book. We are grateful for the support of members of the executive of IRAAL in allowing us to realize the book. Above all we wish to thank each of the contributors for their patience, hard work and stimulating chapters and we wish them all ongoing success in their research endeavours.

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