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Family language planning:

choosing strategies that work for you

February 16, 2024

@ The Civic, Tallaght

7 to 8.30 pm




€ 8.5

All ticket sales are final, and refunds will not be issued.

In this interactive workshop, Dr La Morgia will support participants in creating an individualised language plan for their family.
During the workshop, participants will learn about some of the linguistic strategies used by bilingual and plurilingual families, discuss some of the common challenges, and reflect on ways of supporting their children’s linguistic development.


Meet the speaker

Dr Francesca La Morgia

Dr Francesca La Morgia is the founder and director of Mother Tongues. As well as running the organisation, she has been involved in research on bilingualism since 2006. Francesca has held positions at the University of Reading, Trinity College Dublin, Ulster University, Maynooth University and more recently at the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on bilingual language acquisition in educational contexts and within the process of family language transmission.

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Creativity and Multilingualism

Panel discussion

February 16, 2024

County Library, Tallaght

with ISL interpreting


but booking is required

Interested but unable to make it?

Tune in to our live stream on YouTube to watch the event live


Join us for an engaging exploration of Creativity and Multilingualism, organised in collaboration with Trinity College’s School of Education, at the Mother Tongues Festival. The event kicks off with a presentation on Mother Tongues’ mission by Dr Francesca La Morgia.
The workshop, ‘Living Languages,’ led by Miriam Stewart promises a playful celebration of multilingualism through embodied practice, drama and movement.
Finally, the panel discussion will feature insights from academics Jean-Rémi Lapaire, Claire Dunne, and Iseult Ní Chonchúir, focusing on multilingualism and creativity. See details below.


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1 pm - Opening Words

1:15 - 1:45 pm - Mother Tongues’ mission around creativity and multilingualism

Dr Francesca La Morgia will introduce the work of Mother Tongues and will show examples of the impact the organisation has had on local communities. The presentation will include a discussion with Dr Christina Egan Marnell from Early Childhood Ireland on the outcomes of the OWL (Our World of Languages) project focused on linguistically responsive practice in early years settings. Additionally, Juan Ruiz Subirán, Director of Baby Erasmus, will introduce the Erasmus+ Project BABO - Bilingual And Bicultural Outlook, which Mother Tongues has been actively developing for the past two years.

1:45 - 2:45 pm - Workshop "Living Languages: Exploring mother tongues through body and voice"

Embodied English facilitator Miriam Stewart invites you to join her for a playful celebration of the many languages we speak and share as a multilingual, multicultural society. Through embodied practice, drama and movement, this workshop will explore the sounds unique to our mother tongues, experiment with storytelling in the different languages spoken by the workshop participants, and reflect on our emotional and social connection to our languages through creating and sharing our unique, individual language portraits.

3 - 4 pm - Panel Discussion

This panel discussion will focus on multilingualism and creativity. Academics Jean-Rémi Lapaire, Claire Dunne, and Iseult Ní Chonchúir will offer their insights on this topic drawing from their own research and experience. Claire will focus on the relationship between Irish and the Arts, historically and in the present day, from a primary curriculum point of view. Iseult will focus on the post-primary side of things, with a particular focus on music. Jean-Remi will provide an international perspective.


Erika Piazzoli

Erika Piazzoli

Erika Piazzoli is an Assistant Professor in Arts Education at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin. She coordinates the Master in Education (M.Ed.) programme, teaches the Embodying Language module (M.Ed. Language Education), M.Ed. Drama in Education Summer School, and Arts in Education, Professional Master in Education. Her research interests include embodiment and language education, drama teacher education and performative language learning.



Miriam Stewart

Miriam Stewart is an embodied language facilitator specialising in teaching English as a second language through drama. She holds a Master’s degree in Drama in Education from Trinity College and the focus of her thesis was developing an embodied approach to language learning, particularly grammar. Her passion is supporting language learners to develop fluency, alleviate anxiety and explore language playfully in a mistake-friendly environment. She is a teacher trainer with Europass Teacher Academy, developing and facilitating courses in creativity, critical thinking, Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), drama in education and language teaching. She is currently a member of the Learning Out Loud (LOL) research team at Europass researching the role of humour in learning.

Jean-Rémi Lapaire

Prof. Jean-Rémi Lapaire

Jean-Rémi Lapaire is a Professor in Cognitive Linguistics, who teaches pragmatics, gesture semiotics, dance and performance theory at Université Bordeaux Montaigne (UBM), France. He has explored the role played by physical motion in grammar, abstract reasoning and social interaction: how the sensing, moving and cognizing body articulates and projects situated “social meanings”.
His current research is centred on intersemiosis, intersemiotic translation and performance-based approaches to education. He has designed and tested new teaching and learning strategies in science and the arts– spoken, written, visual-kinaesthetic – which allow educators and students to engage more fully in observation and reasoning, His claim is that new spaces and strategies for reflection, creativity and analytic journaling can be set up and used successfully in such diverse fields as grammar, pragmatics, poetics, literature, discourse analysis… and astrophysics.

claire dunne

Dr Claire Dunne

Claire Dunne is Head of the Department of English and the Department of Irish in the Marino Institute of Education. She is very interested in ways to support literacy in an additional language, and in encouraging reading for pleasure in Irish. She has designed resources to promote the use of Irish at home and to support the teaching of Irish using creative and play-based methodologies.
She is currently working on the project An Ghaeilge do Chách/Irish for Everybody with
Sylvaine Ní Aogáin to explore how Universal Design for Learning could be used in learning and teaching Irish. This project is funded by An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta.

Iseult Ní Chonchúir

Iseult Ní Chonchúir is in her 1st year of the Doctorate in Education at Trinity College Dublin where she is also working as teaching fellow on the Máistreacht San Oideachas Lán-Ghaeilge agus Gaeltachta (Masters in Irish Language Education and Education in the Gaeltacht). Iseult is a post-primary Irish and music teacher and spent a number of years teaching in the Irish immersion sector. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2019 and worked as a foreign language teaching assistant (FLTA) at Idaho State University. Her research interests include bilingual education, language acquisition, immersion teacher pedagogy, creativity in the classroom and the use of technology in education.

Edel Fahy

Dr Edel Fahy

Dr Edel Fahy is Assistant Professor in Arts Education in the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University, Ireland. She completed her PhD in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland and also holds an MA in Film and Television from Dublin City University (DCU) and a MEd in Drama Education (DCU). Previous roles include working as a primary teacher; drama trainer with Primary Curriculum Support Programme (PCSP); arts education advisor with Primary Professional Development Service (PPDS); Head of Music in GEMS Wellington International School, Dubai, UAE; lecturer in Music Education (DCU); lecturer in Education (Hibernia College) and lecturer in Music and Drama Education (Maynooth University, Ireland). Edel has published in national and international journals and disseminated her work at many conferences. She is a member of the National Council of Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Arts Education development group, an active committee member of the Association of Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI) and is also a member of the Society of Music Education in Ireland (SMEI).

Dr Christina Egan Marnell_

Dr Christina Egan Marnell

Dr Christina Egan Marnell is an early childhood specialist at Early Childhood Ireland. Her work is currently focusing on how to promote and encourage plurilingualism in early childhood services.
Previous roles include working as teacher, centre Manager and Centre Director with early childhood services in Ireland and New Zealand.
Christina is a qualified early childhood teacher, completing a B.A Hons in Early Childhood Care and Education, at the Institute of Technology, Sligo and a Doctorate of Education at Victoria University, Wellington. Her research unveiled a complexity in the ways in which ECE teachers identified with leadership which in turn, challenged teachers to practise educational leadership as they were often unaware, they were already displaying leadership practices through their teaching responsibilities.
Christina is passionate about advocating for the power of play based learning and the vital role of early childhood education in society. Play is the most natural and enjoyable way for children to explore, discover, and make sense of the world around them and early childhood education provides the perfect medium for play.

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BABO: Bilingual And Bicultural Outlook

The BABO project, inspired by the European Commission’s report “Education begins with language” and aligned with the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), aims to revolutionize second language teaching in preschool settings. Led by Ms. Rosa Fernández Sánchez, a professor at UEx, the project involves partners with vast experience in multilingual education. It seeks to introduce innovative digital resources, including cartoons, games, and an app, to make language learning engaging for young children across Europe. These efforts address the pressing need for high-quality, inclusive digital education, especially in light of the COVID-19 crisis. For further details, visit

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Go Beyond Language

A workshop focused on multilingual performance

February 17, 2024

@ Rua Red, Tallaght

from 10 am to 6 pm

full day workshop

Professional Development






teatro multilingue

This professional development programme will focus on the theme of multilingual performance. It will enhance participants’ skills in drama-based methodologies that foster language development, inclusion and well-being.
The programme will be interdisciplinary and will be open to all socially engaged arts practitioners who are interested in working in multilingual contexts. The workshop will be facilitated by two coaches of Teatro Multilingue, Flavio Marigliani, actor and director, and Marta Iacopini, actress and drama coach.

With this workshop, we propose an exploration of language (physical and verbal) to investigate the various levels of communication through improvisation and acting techniques. The aim is to go beyond words and get to the emotional reality behind the literal meaning of the text by working on all the possible combinations of language patterns: real, invented, “native” and “foreign.”

The short text that will guide us through the work – a short play from the company’s repertory – will also deal with the social concerns and issues connected to the use of a “foreign” tongue in a determined context. We will remove the “foreign” perception and obstacles in order to create a positive resolution through theatre.

If you have any questions, please email


Meet the artists

Teatro multilingue

Teatro Multilingue is the one and only company creating multilingual shows for theatre and cinema. Multilingual means that several languages are used naturally and organically within the same script. However, thanks to the format used, there’s no need to know all of them to follow the story and understand.
Founded in 2020, Teatro Multilingue has performed in London, Bristol, Madrid, Roma, Milano, Luxembourg and France.
The two trainers for this professional development workshop are Flavio Marigliani, actor and director, and Marta Iacopini, actress and drama coach.
Flavio is one of the founders of Teatro Multilingue and has acted in and/or directed most of the shows of the company, also playing Arlecchino in one of our latest shows revisiting the Commedia dell’Arte. Marta joined the company back in 2022, while continuing her career in TV, cinema and theatre. She specialises in social theatre and professional counselling. The workshop has already become part of the Abroad Acting Experience of “The Seventh Art Acting Academy” from Athens, Greece, when they travel to Rome every year.

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