Advertisement IRISH people are in danger of underestimating their own ability to speak their native language, according to research carried about by a Mary Immaculate College (MIC) researcher. Previous articleMunster’s Gavin Coombes Called Into Ireland CampNext articleCall for innovative ideas to make Limerick city ‘energy positive’ Meghann Scully TAGSGaeilgeIrishKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostMary Immaculate College Indeed, the same study suggests that lack of confidence in the cúpla focal could be linked to an absence of quality feedback in school.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shane Barry, an Applied Linguistics doctoral student at MIC has drawn the conclusion based on his interviews with current civil servants who were asked to rate their own Irish language proficiency.In his study, he asked participants to evaluate their own ability to speak Irish in a current conversational setting. The research found that 60% of respondents would generally downplay their own abilities but would answer more favourably to specific questions, such as their ability to order a cup of coffee in a Gaeltacht area.Barry suggests that those who claim to have low Irish self-efficacy have generally experienced a ‘lethal combination’ of experiencing poor performances and a lack of feedback during school.Barry explains that the Official Languages Act of 2003, which requires public bodies within the Irish state to provide services through both Irish and English, served as the inspiration behind the study.“A recent official report where sixteen Government departments were surveyed, of which there are over 21,000 employees, revealed that only 2.62% of staff are recognised as having a competence in the Irish language – or in other words, capable of interacting with the public through Irish when required.“The most important implication emerging from my research is that these misaligned self-efficacy beliefs are a more accurate predictor of performance than actual ability when it comes to the Irish language.“There appears to be a much larger number of civil servants, and generally the wider population, that are completely misrepresenting their Irish knowledge by declaring themselves as non-speakers of Irish. This results in a general withdrawal from using the language with a belief that the Irish language is ‘gone forever’ or ‘forgotten’.“This research is unique in that it is the first study to investigate Irish language self-efficacy beliefs, or perceptions, in current civil servants. What is striking is how those that have studied Irish in school, even to a high standard, are so quick to declare themselves as non-speakers, despite contrary evidence.“The findings in this research suggest that the Irish population possesses a knowledge of Irish language that is often unacknowledged or dismissed due to negative experiences from our school days.“What may be needed, not just for the population in general, but for the civil service in performing its obligations under the Official Languages Act, is a form of refresher training to unlock this knowledge and build people’s self-efficacy beliefs in their Irish language abilities.“By doing this, we may finally change our emotive relationship with the Irish language to a more positive one, where hearing our native language on the street or in shops could become less of a surprise to us.”Shane Barry is a departmental assistant and current PhD student in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Literature at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The full paper, ‘Irish language self-efficacy beliefs and the Official Languages Act 2003’, appears in the 2020 edition of Teanga, and is free to access at https://journal.iraal.ie/index.php/teanga/article/view/213 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Email Linkedin LimerickNewsIs fearr Gaeilge bhriste ná Béarla clisteBy Meghann Scully – February 3, 2021 451 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick
Seven new and two returning department heads will complete The Observer’s 2016-2017 Editorial Board, incoming Editor-in-Chief Margaret Hynds announced Wednesday night. The new department editors will join Hynds as well as incoming Managing Editor Kayla Mullen and Assistant Managing Editors Clare Kossler, Zach Klonsinski and Alex Carson in running editorial operations for the paper.Juniors Erin McAuliffe, Jimmy Kemper, Wei Cao and Caitlyn Jordan, sophomores Katie Galioto, Nicole Caratas, Marek Mazurek, Susan Zhu and freshman Claire Radler will take over their respective departments March 13.McAuliffe, a junior in Pasquerilla East Hall, will continue to serve as Scene Editor. A marketing major with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy, she began writing for Scene her freshman year. Originally from Cincinnati, McAuliffe is also a WVFI DJ.Kemper, a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, will begin working as Web Editor. He began writing for Scene his freshman year and has covered a variety of arts and entertainment topics, including Taylor Swift’s business relationship with Spotify and Kanye West’s shoes. Kemper, a resident of Zahm House, is an economics and English double major. Cao will continue to work as Multimedia Editor. An aerospace engineering major and Walnut, California, native living in Dillon Hall, Cao has been with The Observer since his freshman year. He has his own art blog and plays the tuba in the marching band. Jordan will join the Editorial Board as Photo Editor. The Saint Mary’s junior hails from Ashburn, Virginia, and lives in Le Mans Hall. Jordan is a communication studies major with a minor in film studies. She works with photography and video media and hopes to pursue a job in filmmaking. Galioto, a resident of Walsh Hall, will head the News department. She began her work with The Observer in fall of 2014 and has since covered a variety of campus issues, including the ESPN lawsuit and Mental Health Awareness Week. Galioto hails from Chanhassen, Minnesota, and is pursuing a degree in finance with minors in Italian and journalism, ethics and democracy.Caratas, a native of Lake Villa, Illinois, currently living in Holy Cross Hall, will take over as Saint Mary’s Editor. Caratas is a sophomore English writing and humanistic studies double major. She has been writing for The Observer since her freshman year, covering issues such as Title IX and “The Hunting Ground” documentary. Mazurek will take on the position of Sports Editor. A Mishawaka resident, he currently resides in Carroll Hall on campus. He is pursuing a degree in history with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy and has been writing for The Observer since his freshman year. He currently covers men’s basketball and has previously covered women’s soccer and cross country. Radler, the incoming Viewpoint Editor, began working for The Observer this fall as a copyeditor for the department. Currently living in Pangborn Hall, she was born and raised in Winnetka, Illinois. She is a freshman English and political science double major and also works for the First Year of Studies. Zhu, originally from Granger, will assume the role of Graphics Editor. A resident of Ryan Hall, she has been a graphic designer for The Observer for two years. She is a chemistry and political science double major and also works for the Snite Museum of Art. Tags: department editors, Editorial Board, Observer editorial board
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