ELL Ireland Report: NELLIP Project


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Report on ELL award system in Ireland. Delivered at NELLIP project meeting in Florence, Italy 913.11.2012)

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ELL Ireland Report: NELLIP Project

  1. 1. ELL National Report: Ireland Nellip Project Meeting Florence 13.11.2012 ULS: Dr. Alan Bruce
  2. 2. Contexts Two official languages: English and Gaelige Historic position of the Irish language and national identity English as vernacular and global lingua franca Schooling and curriculum structures Official concerns on monolingual mindsets Partitioned island Demographic transformation Globalization, innovation and the EU
  3. 3. ELL operation in Ireland Administered by Léargas (NA) – link to DES Themes and policy priorities:  Excellence  Innovation  Creativity  Serving as a model for others
  4. 4. ELL Aims Assist development of professional skills of teachers and trainers Stimulate Irish schools, individuals, authorities, employers and training initiatives to focus on innovative projects in the field of multilingualism and to enhance range and quality of additional language sills acquisition Promote awareness and visibility of European school supports and to embed transnational perspectives on identification and sharing of resources and best practices. Reach non-traditional learner groups and acknowledge their role and development in a vastly changed socio-demographic paradigm.
  5. 5. ELL Promotion in Ireland Target institutions and agencies:  Language centers  Schools  Language associations,  Education Centers  Teacher training colleges  Universities  Libraries  Specialized language initiatives.
  6. 6. Promotional activities Publication of ELL information brochures and leaflets presenting the European Language Label Publication of newsletters explaining ELL activities in the Irish national context Organization of seminars and events to disseminate information about projects and initiatives that were awarded the European Language Label.
  7. 7. ELL Award Process Comprehensive nature of the initiative: including how learner needs are identified and met, range of people involved and methodologies employed. Improvement (qualitative and quantitative) and added value: dimensions of the objective and expected results with an emphasis on added skills. Enhanced motivation produced Innovation and originality: technologies employed, methods and creativity European added value and citizenship Transferability to other environments and adaptability.
  8. 8. Impact and promoter motivation for ELL Secure greater visibility for language projects Obtain official European recognition Enhance national recognition Develop motivation for students and teachers in language related projects Enhance project sustainability Demonstrate innovation and best practice Position themselves for future activities.
  9. 9. Logistical dimensions of best practice Interculturalism and ethnic diversity Migration Type of institution Population Ratio of languages to class size Adequacy of teacher training in area of second language competence Importance of European identity
  10. 10. Policy dimensions of best practice Informing teacher initial and in-service training in second language acquisition Realistic curriculum aims and objectives Providing occasions to use a second language in response to real communication needs Encouraging knowledge exchange between teachers of second languages Providing opportunities for intercultural development
  11. 11. Cultural and socio-educational dimensions Applying concepts of cultural awareness and intercultural competence in relation to second language teaching Strategic focus on the role of cultural awareness Involving the extended community in activities to facilitate awareness of new cultures Assessing classroom and mediated learning (ITC or blended methodologies) Serving holistic needs of the learner in the context of family and community
  12. 12. Recommendations Benefits of ELL are anecdotal, not systematically researched Lack of funding for sustainability or exploitation of results Inadequate research focus Need for enhanced linkage to employers, ICT and innovative community engagement Focus on quality required Operating in crisis conditions: uncertainty and strategic planning