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Second Multiplier Event (online) – 13 November 2020

Virtual Language App


Friday 13 November 16.30 – 18.00 GMT (17.30 – 19.00 CET)

Moderator: Lorna Carson, Trinity College Dublin

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16:30 Welcome and overview

This opening session will set the scene for our multiplier event, highlighting the status of multilingual teaching in different parts of Europe and outlining the resources being developed by the VirtuLApp team, including a teacher toolkit, multilingual quiz and collaborative, multiplayer Augmented Reality game.

16:45 – 17:15 Presentation 1: From multilingual classrooms to plurilingual pupils

With guest speakers Dr Déirdre Kirwan and Professor David Little.

17:15 – 17:45 Presentation 2: Towards translanguaging in primary schools in the Basque Country.

With guest speakers & VirtuLApp team members Professor Jasone Cenoz and Professor Durk Gorter.

17:45 – 18:00 Wrap-up.

During this final session, panellists and participants will be invited to bring any final thoughts and suggestions to the floor.  

18:00 Close


Déirdre Kirwan was principal of a linguistically and culturally diverse Irish primary school where an integrated approach to language learning was implemented using the languages of schooling and pupils’ home languages. Déirdre has been recognised as a European Ambassador for Languages. She holds a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. She has contributed to the new Primary Language Curriculum (Ireland) and to the work of the European Centre for Modern Languages on early language learning. She is the co-author, with David Little, of the book entitled Engaging with Linguistic Diversity: A Study of Educational Inclusion in an Irish Primary School (Bloomsbury, 2020).

David Little is Associate Professor Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. In 2010, the National University of Ireland awarded him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contribution to language education in Ireland and further afield. His principal research interests are the theory and practice of learner autonomy in language education, the management of linguistic diversity in schools and classrooms, and the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to support the design of second language curricula, programmes of teaching and learning, and the assessment of language proficiency.

Jasone Cenoz is Professor of Research Methods in Education at the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. She is President of the Education Science Committee of the Spanish Research Council (AEI), and past President of the International Association of Multilingualism. Her research focuses on multilingual education, bilingualism and multilingualism, including the multilingual lexicon, translanguaging, metalinguistic awareness, language anxiety and cross-linguistic influence. She is the author of a large number of articles and book chapters and the award-winning monograph Towards Multilingual Education (Multilingual Matters, 2009). Her latest book is Multilingual Education: Between Language Learning and Translanguaging published by Cambridge Applied Linguistics (co-edited with Durk Gorter).

Durk Gorter is Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country, where he is also head of the Donostia Research group on Education and Multilingualism (DREAM). He conducts research on multilingual education, European minority languages and linguistic landscapes as well as teaching on the European Master in Multilingualism and Education (EMME). In 2018 he received the award of Distinguished Scholar of Multilingualism of the International Association of Multilingualism.

Lorna Carson is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Head of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. Her research on language learning addresses issues located at the interface between individual and societal multilingualism, with particular attention to second language learning, language policy, pedagogy and assessment.