The conference Programme is now uploaded. Please see under the “Programme” button.

The keynote speakers have very kindly provided their presentations at the conference and they are available under the Speakers button.

Conference Dinner

The conference dinner will be held in Sparks Bistro, Smithfield Square, beside the Generator Hostel, on Thursday evening May 18th at 7pm. We have carried out a pilot study with appropriate academic rigour and are very happy with the results. Their website is

Menu options for 2+ course meal

Starter: choice of Bruschetta; Brie; Soup of the day;

Main course: choice of Roast Duck; Manzo Picante with fillet beef; Baked Hake;

Vegetarian option: Ricotta and spinach ravioli or other vegetarian/vegan option from menu;

Mini dessert: Profiteroles

Tea/coffee/wine/soft drinks will be extra.

Cost: €30 per person incl. service charge.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at until May 16th (please scroll down to Ticket 4). We hope you can join us to continue the conversation.

Early bird ticket extended to May 8th

Early bird tickets are now available until May 8th at the reduced rate of €90. After that date, the fee will be €100 per ticket. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite at


We are pleased to announce the launch of an international conference on Multilingualism in the Early Years to be held in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Grangegorman, Dublin 7, Ireland on Thursday May 18th and Friday May 19th 2017.  This conference aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary engagement and debate on multiple aspects of early years multilingualism, a topic that we see to be of particular significance given the recent increase in children aged between birth to six years attending early years services in Ireland and internationally together with the growth in numbers of young children learning a second language in early childhood (Murphy 2016) and the emergence of cutting edge research on childhood language acquisition in recent years (Kuhl, 2012)

We envision that the following will be just some of the questions that will be addressed through this  conference:

What is the role of multilingualism in early years education? What is the role of early years education in promoting multilingualism in the early years? Do educational approaches matter and how does context influence second language learning? What are the key factors that empower young children to acquire additional languages?  What kinds of knowledge, skills and understanding do early years educators and teachers require in order to facilitate language learning in multilingual contexts? ? What similarities and differences characterise the different contexts of home, preschool and community in which children and their families live? What research is available (or wanting) to provide evidence of good practice? What are the benefits and challenges of multilingualism in early childhood?

The conference will be held at the new Dublin Institute of Technology  Grangegorman campus easily accessible from Dublin city centre.

Four renowned experts will present keynote papers on different aspects of the theme

  • Professor  Victoria Murphy: Professor of Applied Linguistics, Department of Education, University of Oxford: English as an Additional Language: The Early Years
  • Professor Sian Wyn Siencyn, Associate Professor (Early Childhood), University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Immersion in Wales:  myths, policies, and challenges
  • Dr Déirdre Kirwan, independent expert for the European Centre for Modern Languages who will speak on Multilingual Environments: benefits for early language learning
  • Dr Sandie Mourão, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal who will speak on Multilingualism in a foreign language through the shared reading of picture books

Presentations are invited from researchers and practitioners working with multilingual children or with children learning additional languages in immersion or foreign language contexts. The working language of the conference will be English, though we particularly encourage and welcome multilingual participants to guide us in the proceedings.