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Mentoring language made fun!

LMF aims to assist children of refugees and asylum seekers with their English, in an informal, play-based setting, while respecting their multilingual identity.

Outline of Activity

This activity is a joint initiative between Ulster Centre on Multilingualism and Barnardo's NI, established in 2013. This project builds upon EDGE's "Language made fun" activity. It's already received funding from a wide variety of sources: Barnardo's itself, Big Lottery Fund, Garfield Weston Trust and Ulster Innovation Fund. LMF is envisaged as a yearly activity where undergraduate Language and Linguistics and Speech and Language therapy students can apply the theoretical linguistic skills acquired through their degree to an informal teaching setting. The programme involves a 16-week programme, where the students deliver a play based programme focussing on the acquisition of English language skills to a number of identified children. The students will be supervised by Language and Linguistics staff during this project. There will be a baseline assessment of the children's English through standard language tools such as the CELF-IV and BPVS, in order to assess their progress at the end of the project, the widely used Common European Framework of Reference for languages, which assesses stages of second language acquisition, will be employed. Students that undertake the Language Made fun project for the second time will be eligible for the MeLMF edge activity. Their role will not only be to do the activity itself, but also to mentor the younger students through the activity itself.

Learning Outcomes

  • Applying Linguistic concepts in a practical setting.
  • Transcribing child data.
  • Using language assessment tools.
  • Mentoring peers.
  • Reflecting on progress.
  • Outlining successes and challenges of applied work.

Assessment Details

  • Produce a weekly journal for the duration of the project, where they are asked to reflect on the progress of their activities.
  • Identify the challenges faced in delivering the programme, as well as the major successes of their approach.
  • Comment on the specific skills that they have gained from the Language and Linguistics degree that they had to draw upon in delivering this activity.
  • Transcribe child language data for analysis.
  • Produce 1000-word report at the end of the activity where they will have to summarise the weekly journal and especially reflecting on their role as mentors of younger students.

Level of Commitment

104 hours - The programme is envisaged as a two semester activity:

16 weeks x 1 & 1/2 hour per session

24 hours

Supervision/overall preparation for the programme

10 hours x 2 semesters: 20 hours

Assessment preparation

20 hours

Transcription of child data

30 hours


10 hour


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