Research Archive

Research Papers

Below is a list of research published on immersion and Irish-medium education. We hope to add to this list, and electronic versions of the research material will be published there where possible. You are welcome to contact our office on 01 8535195 or eolas@gaeloideachas.ie if you would like further information on any of the items listed, or if you have material that should be included there. The list is by no means comprehensive, and we hope to add to it.

Publications are categorised alphabetically according to the author’s surname, and you can search the list by pressing Ctrl+F/Cmd+F on your keyboard.


10 Advantages of the Bilingual Education

Author: Baker, An tOllamh Colin

Language & Speech Therapy in a Bilingual Context

Extract from ‘Encyclopedia of Bilingualism & Bilingual Education

Author: Baker, An tOllamh Colin

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Bilingual Children with Special Needs

Extract from ‘The Care & Education of Young Bilinguals

Author: Baker, An tOllamh Colin

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

My child has been diagnosed as dyslexic. Should we develop reading and writing in one language and not two?

Extract from ‘A Parents’ & Teachers’ Guide to Bilingualism’

Author: Baker, An tOllamh Colin

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

Multilingual Early Language Transmission (MELT)

Summary of relevant literature on early multilingual learning, related to European smaller state and regional & minority language communities.

Author: Bangma, I, & Riemersma, Dr. AMJ

Publisher: Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning

Bilingual Effects on Cognitive and Linguistic Development: Role of Language, Cultural Background, and Education

Author: Barac, R, & Bialystok, E

Publisher: The Society for Research in Child Development

29 Tips for Raising Bilingual Kids

Author: Beck, Adam

Publisher: In Culture Parent

Why Bilinguals Are Smarter

Author: Bhattacharjee, Yudhijit

Publisher: New York Times

Attention and Inhibition in Bilingual Children: evidence from the dimensional change card sort task

Author: Bialystok, E & Martin, M

Publisher: Ollscoil, Toronto

Bilingual and Immersion Programs

Author: Cummins, Dr. Jim

Publisher: Ollscoil Toronto

Language & Literacy Development among EAL Pupils

Author: Cummins, Dr. Jim

Publisher: Ollscoil Toronto

Reference List of research by Dr. Jim Cummins

Author: Cummins, Dr. Jim

Publisher: Ollscoil Toronto

When can you ask why? Exploring language policy choices in Ireland, past, present and future

Author: Cummins, Dr. Jim

Publisher: Ollscoil Toronto

Workshop On Preschool Education

Author: Cummins, Dr. Jim

Publisher: Ollscoil Toronto

Assessment and learning support in the IME

Author: de Búrca, Colm

Irish schools: The Cuckoo in the Nest

Author: de Búrca, Colm

Two or More Languages in Early Childhood: Some General Points and Practical Recommendations

Author: De Houwer, Annick

Publisher: University of Antwerp & Science Foundation of Flanders, Belgium

The Bilingual Advantage: Interview with Ellen Bialystok

Author: Dreifus, Claudia

Publisher: New York Times

Life as a Bilingual

Author: Grosjean, Dr. François

Publisher: Psychology Today

Irish in Primary Schools: Long-Term National Trends in Achievement

Author: Harris, Dr. John; Forde, Patrick; Archer, Peter; Nic Fhearaile, Siobhán; O’Gorman, Mary

Publisher: Roinn Oideachais & Scileanna

Effective Language Teaching: A Synthesis of Research

Author: Harris, John & Ó Duibhir, Pádraig

Publisher: An Chomhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim & Measúnachta

From core to content: bridging the L2 proficiency gap in late immersion

Author: Johnson, RK; Swain, M

Publisher: The University of Hong Kong

A Mixed Methods Investigation of Parental Involvement in Irish Immersion Primary Education: Integrating Multiple Perspectives

Author: Kavanagh, Lauren

Publisher: Coláiste Ollscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath

How bilingual learning contributes to educational achievement

Teacher partnerships for bilingual learning. Download two documents

Author: Kenner, Charmian

Publisher: Goldsmiths, University of London

Bilingualism good for the brain

Author: Khan, Amina

Publisher: Los Angeles Times

Research study on immigrant participation in art and community activity through the medium of Irish

Author: Killick, Ariel

Raising Bilingual Children: Common Parental Concerns and Current Research

Author: King, Kendall and Fogle, Lyn

Publisher: Georgetown University

Parents’ attitudes to the gaelscoil as a school for the elite

Seminar presented by the Irish medium Research January 2011 (two papers)

Author: Mas-Moury, Vanessa

Publisher: Coláiste Ollscoile Bhaile Átha Cliath

Learning in Focus The Primary Classroom: Insights from the Growing Up in Ireland Study

Author: McCoy, Selina, Smyth, Emer & Banks, Joanne

Publisher: ESRI

Learning a Second Language boosts brain-power, scientists believe

Article from BBC News

Author: Mechelli, Andrea et al.

Publisher: University College London

By Train: Transferring from Nursery to Primary

Author: Mhic Mhathúna, Máire

Publisher: Forbairt Naíonraí Teo. & GAELSCOILEANNA TEO.

Language Planning at the Community Level & the Role of IM

Author: ní Ghréacháin, Bláthnaid

Publisher: University of Enterprise | DCU

Mathematics & Gaeilge: A Report on the Influence of Bilingualism

Author: Ní Ríordáin, Dr Máire

Publisher: National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning

The continuity from primary to post-primary Irish-medium school in Ireland

Author: Ní Thuairisg, L & Ó Duibhir, P

Publisher: Gaeloideachas

Riachtanais Speisialta Oideachais i scoileanna ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar mheán

Author: Nolan, Caroline / COGG

Publisher: Education Council Gaeltacht & medium / Community

Special Education Needs in schools where Irish is the medium

Author: Nolan, Caroline / COGG

Publisher: Education Council Gaeltacht & medium / Community

An Tumoideachas: Bua nó Dua? An Chéad Chomhdháil Taighde Uile-oileánda ar an Tumoideachas: Imeachtaí Comhdhála

Author: Ó Ceallaigh, T.J. & Ó Laoire, M. (eag.)

Publisher: An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta

Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht: Final Report

Author: Ó Giollagáin, Conchúr; Mac Donnacha, Seosamh; Ní Chualáin, Fiona; Ní Shéaghdha, Aoife & O’Brien, Mary

Publisher: NUI Galway

Immersion in Ireland / Immersion Education in Ireland

Author: Ó hAiniféin, Dónal

Publisher: Conradh na Gaeilge

Audit of the existing models of immersion medium schools in the Republic of Ireland and the standards of achievement in English reading them

Author: Ó hAiniféin, Dónal

Publisher: NUI Galway

Academic Achievement, Anxiety and Attitudes in Early and Late Immersion in Ireland

Author: Ó Muircheartaigh, J; Hickey, T.M

Publisher: University College Dublin

Young People and Minority Languages: Language use outside the classroom

The state of education in Canada 2012 Executive Summary.

Author: Ó Riagáin, Pádraig; Williams, Glynn; Villa i Moreno, F. Xavier Perkins, Lisa Marie

Publisher: Trinity College CPH

New Possibilities in the Teaching and Learning of the Copula in Irish

Author: O’Connor, Steven

Publisher: Trinity College

The challenges of teaching and preserving Irish dialects in a standardised Irish Curriculum

Author: Owens, Lorcán

Publisher: Marino Institute of Education

Multilingualism for children’s everyday life: A guide for practitioners working with very young children

Author: Sallinen, Johanna & Hertzberg, Veronica

Publisher: Multilingual Early Language Transmission Project

The 2010 National Assessments of English Reading & Mathematics in Irish-Medium Schools

Author: Shiel, Gerry; Gilleece, Lorraine; Clerkin, Aidan; agus Millar, David

Publisher: Educational Research Foundation

Immersion Teacher Education: The State of the States.

Author: Tedick, Diane J.

Publisher: DCU

Second Language Processing Shows Increased Native-Like Neural Responses after Months of No Exposure

Language immersion is more effective than classroom language learning

Author: Ullman, Michael T.; Morgan-Short, Kara; Finger, Ingrid & Grey, Sarah

Publisher: Georgetown University Medical Center

Squaring the Circle: Supporting Bilingual Children with Special Educational Needs

Author: Ware, Dr. Jean

Publisher: Bangor University

Myths of Multilingual Families

Author: Wilhelm, Holly

Publisher: In Culture Parent

Struggling Learners and Language Immersion Education: Research-Based, Practitioner-Informed Responses to Educators’ Top Questions

Author: Williams Fortune, T & Menke, Mandy R.

Publisher: CARLA