Exploring Teacher Confidence in the Teaching of Poetry at Leaving Certificate and A level

Employing a two-phased mixed methods approach, this project aimed to explore teacher confidence in the teaching of post-16 poetry across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with a view to informing teachers’ professional development needs in this field. In so doing, it seeks to establish: How confident do English teachers assert themselves to be …
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Minority language pupils and the curriculum – closing the achievement gap

The aim of this project was to hold two seminars on teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL), one at Ulster University in Coleraine and the other at Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, and to produce a digital resource based on these events. The seminars were entitled Minority language pupils and the curriculum – …
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Thresholds Concepts in Language Teacher Education

This report presents the findings of a SCoTENS funded study with practicing language teachers in Ireland, within the framework of Threshold Concepts (Meyer, Land et al. 2010), to identify the core but troublesome knowledge and practices of language teaching and the conditions that facilitate the integration of these concepts over a teaching career.  The project …
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Dyslexia in Ireland: Views regarding the provision for pupils with dyslexia since the publication of the Task Force Reports, North and South (2002) (DyslexiaN/S)

Dyslexia in Ireland Views regarding the provision for pupils with dyslexia since the publication of the Task Force Reports, North and South (2002) (DyslexiaNS) Project Aims (a) to consult with members of the Dyslexia Task Force groups, North and South (DENI, DES) and ascertain their views and perspectives on the provision of support for pupils …
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Lift off literacy programme for the Irish medium school

This research will focus on: Redeveloping the Lift Off programme into Irish; Exploring the training needs for teachers and classroom assistants to organise, plan and carry out this programme in Irish; Assessing the outcomes of the programme, using the AML assessment tool; Producing resources and information to support the implementation of this programme on a …
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Gaeilge labhartha na Bpáistí I scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge in Éirinn – The spoken Irish of pupils in Irish-medium schools

This project will examine the proficiency in Irish of Primary 7 pupils in Irish-medium primary schools in Northern Ireland and compare them to data already gathered in relation to 6th class pupils in Irish-medium primary schools in the Republic of Ireland. The study in the Republic of Ireland identified weaknesses in the syntactic and lexical …
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North-South Language Educators Conference

To organise and run a conference for 40/50 delegates drawn from language teacher educators, primary and post-primary north and south to be held in Queen’s University Belfast.  


English as an Additional Language in undergraduate teacher education programmes in Ireland

To carry out a comparative study of the provision for EAL in pre-service and continuing professional development courses in Ireland north and south by holding 4 meetings of the project team between St Mary’s Belfast and Coláiste Mhuire, Marino. The significant actions associated with the Project include: A literature review of the field A comparison …
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