Working group 1: Bilingual/multilingual language acquisition (Coordinators Dr Stanislava Antonijevic-Elliott and Dr Sarah Berthaud)
This working group includes linguists, psychologists, speech & language therapists and teachers who are interested in multilingual language acquisition. We look at topics and research questions related to the quantity of language exposure (e.g. differences in language acquisition in simultaneous and sequential bilinguals; effects of immersion in L2 environment, etc.) and quality of language exposure related to the language used in the community of speakers as well as grammatical characteristics of languages involved. We are interested in acquisition of different languages that are spoken in Ireland (English as L2, Irish, Polish, Russian, French, Italian, etc.).
Working group 2: Language impairment in bilingual/multilingual children (Coordinators Dr Ciara O’Toole and Sinead Coughlan)
In this working group we have a group of researchers and practitioners ranging from teachers, speech and language therapists to psychologists and linguists who are interested in the area of bilingual children with language disorder. Our working group aims to look at best practice in assessment, intervention and education for these children.
Working group 3: Bilingual education (Coordinator Sylvaine Ní Aogáin)
This group includes researchers, practitioners ranging from teachers, teacher educators and policy makers, who each share an interest in Bilingual Education. The primary objective of this working group is to work collectively to learn, to share and to embark on new research journeys to enhance bilingual education.
Working group 4: Teaching children from diverse linguistic backgrounds; EAL; socio-cultural aspects of bilingualism; family language policy (Coordinators Dr Cassie Smith-Christmas and Lorraine Crean)
In this workgroup, we have a range of practitioners and researchers who work with different aspects of the connection between language use in the home and in the school. The primary aim of this group is to devise and implement effective ways to support children and families in their multilingual endeavours.