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21TRA205 LAI Connects: A Closer Look at Early Literacy Instruction
Are there aspects of teaching early literacy in your classroom that you would like to learn more about? Would you like to know what research tells us about it? Now is your chance. Book on to this Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) webinar to hear committee members discuss teachers’ questions on some of the hot topics in early literacy. Dr Tara Concannon-Gibney, Regina Dunne and Dr Jennifer O’Sullivan will be discussing early literacy topics including phonological awareness, phonics, emergent writing, EAL, assessment, oral language, and vocabulary. The webinar will be moderated by Dr Gene Mehigan. Join us on 3rd March at 3.30pm.

Follow LAI on Instragram (@literacyireland) and Twitter (@LiteracyIRL) where, in the week leading up to the webinar, you will get an opportunity to submit questions on any of the topics listed above.


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Mar 3, 2021 03:30 PM in Dublin

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Dr. Gene Mehigan
Vice President for Education & Strategic Development @Marino Institute of Education
Gene Mehigan is Vice President for Education and Strategic Development at Marino Institute of Education, Dublin. In his professional career to date he has been a primary school teacher, a literacy specialist, an educational consultant and a teacher educator. He is past President of both the Literacy Association of Ireland (LAI) and the Irish Learning Support Association.
Regina Dunne
@Literacy Association of Ireland
Regina Dunne is an executive committee member of the Literacy Association of Ireland. She is a primary school teacher and Coordinator for Literacy in St Catherine’s National School, Rush, Co Dublin. From 2015-19 she was seconded to PDST where she was Team Leader for Primary Literacy.  Regina was the Academic Coordinator for English Language Teaching and Learning at the Applied Language Centre, UCD from 1996-2006. She holds a Higher Diploma in TESOL (UCD) and an and MPhil in Applied Linguistics (TCD).
Dr. Tara Concannon-Gibney
Dr Tara Concannon-Gibney lectures in the area of literacy in D.C.U. (St Patrick's Campus). A former primary school teacher, she has worked with pre-service and in-service teachers in Ireland and in New York for over a decade. She is a past-president of the Literacy Association of Ireland. She is very interested in the teaching of early literacy skills in meaningful contexts. Her book Teaching Essential Literacy Skills in the Early Years: A Guide for Students and Teachers was published by Routledge in 2019.