Bilingual English-Irish Shared Reading for the Linguistically Diverse Junior Primary Classroom - 21LCSP49

Bilingual English-Irish Shared Reading for the Linguistically Diverse Junior Primary Classroom - 21LCSP49

This webinar has been rescheduled from Thursday 15th April to Tuesday 27th April (6.30pm-7.30pm)

Learning Outcomes

Webinar participants will be enabled to:

  • reflect on current shared reading knowledge and practices
  • define dialogic reading
  • list the advantages of dialogic reading
  • develop skillset / steps for dialogic reading
  • examine questioning as an important tool during dialogic reading
  • explore the use of dialogic reading in both English and Irish

In this webinar, teachers will enhance their professional knowledge and practice in the area of dialogic shared reading, which has proven to be an effective strategy for children’s language and literacy development. The webinar focuses explicitly on how to facilitate dialogic shared reading, in both English and in Irish, in junior primary classrooms. This webinar provides practical and useful insights for the implementation of the Primary Language Curriculum. It focuses on both remote and on-site use of this strategy to support language learners.

Attendees will receive a handout with key strategies for dialogic shared reading. Breakout groups of 5 – 6 will be facilitated once throughout the session.

Learning Activities

  • Textbox contributions
  • Share knowledge and ideas
  • Ask questions
  • Breakout group discussions
  • Discuss webinar content
  • Apply new knowledge as part of a task

Support Materials / Resources

  • 5-minutes Q & A following Webinar
  • PowerPoint Slides
  • Handout with Key Strategies for Dialogic Shared Reading


Aoife Merrins-Gallagher (B. Ed, MTeach)

PhD Scholar at DCU Institute of Education

Biography: Aoife is a primary teacher on career break from an urban school in West Dublin. She is a full-time PhD scholar of DCU’s Institute of Education. Her current research is concerned with the design, development and delivery of bilingual oral narrative programme Tell-a-Tale | Inis Scéal in junior infant classrooms. Aoife is passionate about oral language development, supporting children with EAL, bilingualism, inclusive educational practices and collaborative teaching.

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Course Details

Course Date 27-04-2021 6:30 pm
Course End Date 27-04-2021 7:30 pm
Cut off date 26-04-2021 10:00 pm
Facilitator Aoife Merrins-Gallagher
Select Hours 1
Location Live Webinar - Online