Deirdre Ni Loingsigh

Lecturer

 
researcher

Biography

My early career teaching physical education and Gaeilge, my engagement with the field of folklore, and my experience exploring the themes of “People, Time & Place” in the discipline of history and local studies have informed my current teaching, learning and research interests. Before joining UL as a member of Faculty in 2001, I taught Gaeilge at GMIT (Castlebar Campus) and worked with Meitheal Mhaigh Eo Teo, the Area Based Partnership for Co. Mayo, on a rural development initiative in the Erris Gaeltacht. I have led a series of materials development, and Irish language teaching and learning initiatives for adult learners in my position as Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge in recent years. The development of a research interest at Aonad na Gaeilge in the Irish language in the organisational context has been a particular focus.
Key Responsibilities
Stiúrthóir, Aonad na Gaeilge [The Irish Language Centre at UL] www.ul.ie/aonadnagaeilge]
Course Director: Dioplóma sa Ghaeilge Fheidhmeach 
Subject Leader - Gaeilge: Professional Masters in Education (Languages)
School Placement Tutor
Research Supervisor (PME, Languages)
Module Co-Ordinator: GA4006 Gaeilge Ghairmiúil
Module Co-Ordinator: LP6002 Integrating Language Teaching 2.
                                                                

Research Interests

Adult learners; transformative learning; work-based language learning; language advising; ICT in language learning; language policy and organisational change; language learning beyond the classroom; learning spaces; language anxiety; language networks; new speakerness; problem-based learning; language teacher education, and the life and work of An Seabhac.

The title of my doctoral thesis was “Minority Language Learning in the Workplace: Contextual Practices, Relational Knowing, Mandate, and Change”. I have proposed a framework of language advising for the mandated and minority language context in this work. I also mapped the spatial and contextual practices of members of a Language Support Network, a Network which I established as a forum where issues of language anxiety in the professional context might be explored. The findings of this Participatory Action Research (PAR) study inform current practice in language support initiatives at Aonad na Gaeilge, UL.

I am currently coordinating BLÁTHÚ, a PAR project entitled 
An Rannpháirtíocht Phobail, Líonrú agus an Tacaíocht Teanga do Nuachainteoirí na Gaeilge i bpobail lasmuigh den Ghaeltacht [Public Engagement, Networking and Language Support for New Speakers of Irish in Communities outside of An Ghaeltacht]. 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'The Bibliographical Legacy of An Seabhac (1883–1964)'
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2019) 'The Bibliographical Legacy of An Seabhac (1883–1964)' In: The Oxford History of the Irish Book vol. ii. The printed book in Irish 1557-2000. Maidenhead: Open University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2015 'Rí na Gréine': Aistí i gCuimhne ar An Seabhac
Ní Loingsigh, D., Ní Mhunghaile, L. & uí Ógáin, R (Ed.). (2015) 'Rí na Gréine': Aistí i gCuimhne ar An Seabhac Baile Átha Cliath: ,An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Lunch and Learn [invited presentation] Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat / Government of Canada,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2018) Online presentation and Q&A with team of Official Languages Centre of Excellence. [Invited Oral Presentation], Lunch and Learn [invited presentation] Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat / Government of Canada, Official Languages Centre of Excellence, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat / Government of Canada , 22-NOV-18 [Details]
2018 CALS Research Day 2018,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2018) Knowledge for Change (K4C) Consortium for Training in Community-Based Research. [Oral Presentation], CALS Research Day 2018, University of Limerick , 24-MAY-18 [Details]
2018 ECML Language for Work: Tools for professional development,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2018) Dissemination Event. [Other], ECML Language for Work: Tools for professional development, European Centre for Modern Languages, Graz, Austria , 23-OCT-18 - 17-OCT-18 [Details]
2018 Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2018,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2018) The Five Ps of Language Advising in an Irish Workplace: Professional Practice, Participatory Research, Person-Centeredness, and Policy https://ahss.blog/2018/09/04/multidisciplinary-approaches-in-language-policy-and-planning-conference-2018-ontario/. [Oral Presentation], Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning Conference 2018, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto [Details]
2018 SEIMINEÁR GAEILGE ÓGLAIGH NA hÉIREANN 2018,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2018) Invited presentation - Irish Language Seminar [Irish Defence Forces]. [Invited Oral Presentation], SEIMINEÁR GAEILGE ÓGLAIGH NA hÉIREANN 2018, Dún an tSairséalaigh, Luimneach , 05-DEC-18 [Details]
2017 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices (Final Whole Action Conference),
Ní Loingsigh, D., Ní Ghearáin, H., Ó Cairealláin, A., Ó Súilleabháin, S. (2017) Shaping a Language Support Infrastructure for New Speakers: Experimentations and Positions in an Irish Language “Incubation Space” (Panel Coordinator & Participant). [Chaired Session], New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Policies and Practices (Final Whole Action Conference), University of Coimbra, Portugal , 14-SEP-17 - 16-SEP-17 [Details]
2017 International Symposium on Bilingualism ISB11,
Ní Loingsigh, D; Mozzon-McPherson, M, Bradley, F. (2017) Language Advising for New Speakerness: Facilitating Linguistic Shifts (Colloquium Organiser and Presenter). [Chaired Session], International Symposium on Bilingualism ISB11, University of Limerick , 11-JUN-17 - 11-JUN-17 [Details]
2016 Psychology of Language Learning 2,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2016) Relational Knowing as a ‘Tool’ in Advising for Mandated Language Learning in the Workplace. [International Refereed Conference], Psychology of Language Learning 2, University of Jyväskylä, Finland , 22-AUG-16 - 24-AUG-16 [Details]
2016 Supporting & Developing Minority Language Communities: a Seminar for Language Practitioners in Higher Education with a particular reference to Irish & Scottish Gaelic,
Ní Loingsigh, D (2016) Language Support for University Staff: Reflections on an Experimental Framework. [Invited Oral Presentation], Supporting & Developing Minority Language Communities: a Seminar for Language Practitioners in Higher Education with a particular reference to Irish & Scottish Gaelic, Dublin , 17-JUN-16 - 17-JUN-16 [Details]
2016 The New Speakers Network 2nd Whole Action Conference,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2016) Working Group 8 Panel: Spaces of Language Socialisation. [Non Refereed Paper/Abstract Presented at Conference], The New Speakers Network 2nd Whole Action Conference, Universität Hamburg , 12-MAY-16 - 14-MAY-16 [Details]
2016 Comhdháil Chumann Idirnáisiúnta na gCoimisinéirí Teanga, 2016,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2016) An Chomhairleoireacht Teanga san Ionad Oibre: Cleamhnas idir an Ghéilliúlacht Reachtach agus an Cúram. [Invited Oral Presentation], Comhdháil Chumann Idirnáisiúnta na gCoimisinéirí Teanga, 2016, Óstán Galway Bay , 08-MAR-16 - 08-MAR-16 [Details]
2015 Forward thinking in Applied Linguistics IRAAL 40th Anniversary Conference 2015,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2015) New Directions in Advising for Language Learning: Participatory Action Research and the Role of Irish Language Advisor in the Workplace. [Oral Presentation], Forward thinking in Applied Linguistics IRAAL 40th Anniversary Conference 2015, Trinity College Dublin , 21-NOV-15 - 21-NOV-15 [Details]
2015 Ceiliúradh Lughnasa Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2015) Seoda an tSeabhaic: Blaiseadh Beag d'Ábhar na Cartlainne. [Invited Lecture], Ceiliúradh Lughnasa Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Co. Chiarraí , 14-AUG-15 - 14-AUG-15 [Details]
2015 Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) UL Research Day,
Ní Loingsigh, D. (2015) Language for the Workplace: The Spatial Practices of New Speakers of Irish. [Oral Presentation], Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS) UL Research Day, University of Limerick , 10-JUN-15 - 10-JUN-15 [Details]

Translation

  Year Publication
2018 ECML Language for Work: Tools for professional development (Quick Guide).
Bradwell, A. Grünhage-Monetti, M., Portefin. C., Sjösvärd, K. (2018) ECML Language for Work: Tools for professional development (Quick Guide). Graz, Austria: Translation [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Coiste na nOifigeach agus na Stiúrthóirí Gaeilge Ollscoile Rúnaí Feidhmeach (2005-2006) /
Physical Education Association of Ireland [PEAI] Director of National In-Service Programme for PE Teachers (1998-1999) /
Cumann Merriman Rúnaí Ballraíochta / Membership Secretary 2001-2014 /
Physical Education Association of Ireland [PEAI] Member of Executive Committee (1997-1999) /
Irish Water Safety (IWS) National Education Commission Appointed member (2000-2003) /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
UL Official Languages Act Implementation Group Member since 2004 /
Coiste na Gaeilge, UL Rúnaí Feidhmeach, Executive Secretary since 2001 /
UL Engage University Working Group working group member /
An Coiste Seasta um Cháilíocht Teanga, NUIG External Member since 2012 /
University Teacher Education Board Rep School of English, Irish, and Communciation Member of Course Board PME Languages /
Teaching and Learning Committee, School of English, Irish, and Communication Member since AY2014/15 /
Management Council Strategic Working Groups - Foreign Language Strategy Working group member /
Advisory Committee UL Language Learning Hub Member since AY2014/15 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2003 UL MA History and Local Studies
1993 UL BA Physical Education / Gaeilge
1999 NUIG MA Nua-Ghaeilge
2015 NUIM Doctor of Education Adult Education

Other Activities

  Description

External Examiner: Dioplóma i Múineadh na Gaeilge (Daoine Fásta)
Maynooth University, NUI Maynooth.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
Autumn Integrating Language Teaching 1 LP6001
Autumn Integrating Language Teaching 3 LP6003
Spring Integrating Language Teaching 2 LP6002

International Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Marina Mozzon-McPherson England
COST Action New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe
ECML Language for Work Network Austria