Towards Inclusion: Protestants and the Irish Language

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Towards Inclusion is a challenging and timely study of the attitudes of Protestant schoolchildren towards the Irish language. From 2003 to 2005 Ian Malcolm conducted extensive research in Protestant grammar schools throughout Northern Ireland, recording the attitudes of the students to the Irish language. Some of these students had attended a Gael-Linn language enrichment course, but the rest had little or no exposure to the language. The results of this research are both surprising and illuminating, and Malcolm's meticulous and insightful analysis makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the complexity of cultural identity in Northern Ireland. ""Scholars will find this study useful as an insight into the needs of contemporary language planning in Northern Ireland.""-Irish Literary Supplement

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Ian Malcolm, from Lurgan in County Armagh, spent many years in journalism before returning to full-time education as a mature student at Queen's University Belfast in 2000. His decision was inspired by a lifelong fascination with Irish. Three years as a journalist-by-night, a student-by-day and a single parent in between paid off when he graduated with first class honours, enabling him to undertake doctoral studies with funding from the prestigious Arts and Humanities Research Council. Ian works as a translator/interpreter and freelance language consultant. His specialist lectures on the Irish language from a Protestant perspective have taken him all over Ireland and beyond. A regular commentator in the Irish language media, he served as a member of the RTE Authority for three years. Ian has two children, Ian Og and Tara.

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Of interest to researchers in the field of bilingualism. --Choice

Scholars will find this study useful as an insight into the needs of contemporary language planning in Northern Ireland. --Irish Literary Supplement

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