Keynote Speakers

Professor Victoria Murphy, Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Education, University of Oxford.  Her current research is in the areas of English as an Additional Language, child second language learning and foreign language learning in primary school.  The title of her keynote is “English as an Additional Language in the Early Years”.

Dr Déirdre Kirwan was awarded European Ambassador for Languages (Léargas) for her active promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity while Principal of a primary school in Dublin. She received a PhD from Trinity College Dublin for her research in this area. She has worked with the European Centre for Early Modern Languages on the topic of early language learning. Her keynote title is “Multilingual environments: benefits for early language learning”

Dr Siân Wyn Siencyn, Associate Professor (Early Childhood), University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She was the head of the School of Early Childhood at  the UWTSD  and, until her recent retirement was Dean of the Faculty of Education and Communities.  She has worked on several major Eurpropean and Welsh projects on issues relating to early inclusion, early bilingualism and child citizenship. She has recently been involved with a eview of immersion practice in Wales for the government. The title of her keynote is “Immersion in Wales:  myths, policies, and challenges”.

Dr Sandie Mourão is a teacher educator, author and consultant specialising in early years language education. She is co-editor of Early Years Second Language Education: International Perspectives on Theory and Practice (Routledge) and author of pre-primary language learning courses and resource books. Sandie teaches at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Her research interests focus on play and foreign language learning, picture books in language learning, co-teaching and classroom-based research.  Her keynote title is “Multilingualism in a foreign language through the shared reading of picture books”.