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1 Bridging the gap between researchers and the community Francesca La Morgia

2 Disseminate information on bilingualism Bring together researchers working in different fields Create partnerships with similar organisationsWork with communities across Ireland Play a role in language policy Provide guidance for multilingual education

3 What we do Website Forum Resources Talks and workshops Schools Community groups Parents’ associations Professionals Bulletin

4 Latest projects DocumentaryLeafletLaunchEAL 2009Research links

5 Agenda Raise awareness of the benefits of bilingualism Eliminate misconceptions Encourage use of native language Importance of speaking different languages/dialects Cognitive, social, linguistic benefits of bilingualism Educate parents Educate professionals who work with bilingual children Bilingualism does not hinder the child’s linguistic development Mixing is not a sign of confusion... Short courses on: -Linguistic strategies and dynamics -The benefits of bilingualism -Using the minority language Teacher training Information sessions

6 Linguistic minorities...and Irish? Is multilingualism a risk for Irish?Universal benefitsThe role of BFI


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