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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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Fiona Farr and Máiréad Moriarty Introduction Aim of the book The work presented in this book stems from a postgraduate conference held by IRAAL (The Irish Association for Applied Linguistics) at the University of Limerick in October 2010. IRAAL was founded in 1975 to support research in applied and general linguistics in Ireland. IRAAL is af filiated to the International Association for Applied Linguistics (AILA) and pursues its aim of supporting research by organizing seminars, lec- tures, conferences and workshops. The IRAAL Postgraduate Conference presented an opportunity for new and emerging scholars to present and discuss their research. While the majority of the papers presented focused on Ireland as the context in which they address specific language problems, we also feel that the research has implications for the study of language and teaching in society more generally. As such, this book is a result of the desire to highlight the advances being made in research in the field within the context of Ireland. It is our belief that by focusing on macro issues of the relationship between language and its users within the micro context of Ireland, insights into interesting and innovative discussions which have implications for future avenues for Applied Linguistic research are provided. The book is situated within the broad field of Applied Linguistics (AL). AL is an academic field of inquiry which connects knowledge about languages and its relationship to the social world. The tradition of applied linguistics established itself in part as a response...

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