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Being Ireland’s largest organisation focusing on childhood bilingualism, we connect a large community of parents and educators. Mother Tongues Members have access to a hub of online and downloadable resources, professional training, and a space for a parent community to access educational videos, guides and courses.
By joining Mother Tongues, thousands of parents have formed lifelong friendships and found support through connecting with speakers of their language.
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Explore all of our member-exclusive resources, including short videos, useful downloadable tools and practical guides for use in a variety of settings and disciplines.
Our member resources are designed to support parents and teachers who work with children from birth to 10 years of age.
Whether you are a parent, you provide direct service to children and families, administer programmes for young children, or work to plan, create policy that impacts multilingual children, our resources connect you to the latest research and know-how. New resources will be added often, so check back regularly.
Take advantage of monthly live virtual events, and a library of recorded videos and up to date resources, covering a wide variety of subjects you care about.
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We are an Irish family with a French background on my part. My mother is French, and I grew up in a bilingual home. When my Irish husband and I had our first son, Dara, 5 years ago, I didn't speak French to him. I deeply regretted it when we went on holiday to France and he couldn't communicate with his French cousins. When we had our second child, Amelie, 18 months ago, I was thinking about the idea of speaking French to her but I didn't have the motivation because I thought perhaps it was too late for me to start, until I read a wonderful article written by Soraya Sobrevía in Mother Tongues. She wrote about the joy of her daughters growing up in Ireland, being able to speak her mother tongue of Spanish. The article inspired me to do the same so I started speaking French to my daughter. I also became a member of Mother Tongues as I needed guidance to figure out how best to support both my children to learn my home language. I have found the online webinars and toolkits very useful and the facilitators are excellent at answering my specific questions to meet the needs of my family. And most of all, I am already beginning to see results.