Projects per year
I joined the School of Education in September 2017 as a lecturer in Gaelic. I completed my PhD, "Gàidhlig ga bruidhinn an seo? - Linguistic practices and language management initiatives in Stornoway, the Western Isles of Scotland at the University of Aberdeen. This PhD was fully funded by Soillse and aimed to evaluate the linguistic practices of a community with a large percentage of Gaelic / English bilinguals, with a particular focus on the public domain and how the statutory language management initiatives of public organisations, created under the provisions of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005. This study adopted a multimodal approach, including ethnographic observations of linguistic practices in the public domain to provide an evaluation of the overall level of Gaelic language use in the community, as well as language use diary-interviews with individual Gaelic / English bilinguals to assess the ideologies driving the practice and how these influence the de facto language policy.
I am the co-chair of the Scottish Council of Deans of Education Languages group which has representatives of all initial teacher education institutions in Scotland.
I was a member of the Council of Europe's European Centre of Modern Languages Expert Group on early language learning, working with an international team on a three-year project entitled 'Inspiring language learning and teaching in the early years - why it matters and what it looks like for children 3 - 12'. I am registered with the General Teaching Council of Scotland (GTCS) and have experience of teaching across all sectors from nursery to tertiary education.
Member of the expert group on Early Language learning, European Centre for Modern Languages1 May 2017 → 1 May 2019
Research Output per year
Linking plurilingualism principles to language teachers' classroom practices: understanding, enacting and reflectingHuang, A., McPake, J. & Birnie, I., 3 Sep 2019. 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Activities per year
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk