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

English as an additional language in undergraduate teacher education programmes in Ireland
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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 of the education contexts in each jurisdiction
  • A review of the official policy context
  • An identification of the opportunities available for profession development for teachers in schools
  • A determination as to how EAL is structured into courses at the ITE phase in these two colleges
  • A survey of attitudes to EAL and views on personal competence among BEd students in the final year of their ITE programme in both institutions
  • A seminar to disseminate findings of the Project.