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Every Language Matters

Language Explorers

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Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community and to promote an interest in language learning. We promote parental involvement in the celebration of the diversity of linguistic and cultural expression in the school life
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HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED 2022

Parental Engagement

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Innovation Overview

STUDENTS
Target Group
1 600
Children/Users
1
Country
2018
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
372
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Updated on May 20th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

Language Explorers is Mother Tongues’ award-winning language awareness initiative for primary schools. Language Explorers activities are designed to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community and to promote an interest in language learning. Here you can see us our work in practice https://vimeo.com/512161798/568bc8d3d0

How does your innovation work in practice?

Language Explorers has been designed to:

encourage children to embrace all languages positively

nurture children’s understanding of linguistic diversity in the classroom and in the community they live in

enable children to build on prior knowledge and experience of language and language learning

encourage children of different languages and cultures to be proud of and to share their heritage

Parents are encouraged to act as language ambassardos. They are then invited to be part of a storytelling project, where they tell a story in their mother tongue, teach keywords and expressions in their language and involve all children and teachers in the process of linguistic and cultural discovery.

During the school closures we have collaborated with the national broadcast on a podcast involving parents and children talking about their mother tongues [https://mothertongues.ie/rte-podcast/]

How has it been spreading?

We initially started this project in Dublin schools in 2018, but we have since trained teachers around Ireland in implementing this approach. Since 2020, we have been delivering webinars for teachers and we have built a database of lesson plans on our website Language Explorers and on the Mother Tongues database.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

This project can be started by communicating with parents about the importance of their involvement in the school life. Parents can be invited to join the class, watch the teacher tell stories, and then adapt the stories in their own language. Parents' volunteering and participation can be rewarded with a certificate or an award ceremony.

Research

HundrED Academy Review

This pedagogical approach with an inclusive lens can be used in any community and every country. It can be used with languages as well as local dialects that often do not have a script and therefore potential for scalability is very high.

- HundrED Academy Member

In my context of Miami, Florida, this innovation would be very useful as newer generations of Hispanics are becoming less and less fluent in Spanish. Involving parents in language learning will be fun for them and the students alike.

- HundrED Academy Member
IMPACT & SCALABILITY
Language Explorers encourages parental engagement, as well as diversity and inclusion. It is a fantastic innovation that opens up the classroom and creates a community.
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High Impact
High Scalability
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Achievements & Awards

November 2021
HundrED 2022
September 2021
Parental Engagement
March 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
September 2020
Mother Tongues Podcast is launched
October 2019
European Language Label Award
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