‘Bosnian-Irish coffee’ is brewed for you by Bronagh Ćatibušić. Its aim is to stir thought on issues relating to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ireland and various other themes. The posts are written from the perspective of someone who’s been engaged with matters Bosnian for over twenty years. They’re the musings of an Irish woman who first visited the Balkans 1993 and, not long after, was crazy enough to marry a guy from Sarajevo. Living in a bilingual and intercultural family with her husband and their three Bosnian-Irish daughters, Bronagh hopes this blog can be a small voice for diversity, drawn from personal experience. Work and children permitting, she looks forward to covering topics such as current affairs, culture, language, education and many more… milling the serious with a blackish dash of humour. She welcomes all interesting comments and suggestions.
Bronagh completed a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin in 2011, investigating the acquisition of English as an additional language (EAL) among immigrant children in Ireland. She has co-authored a book based on her doctoral research, Immigrant Pupils Learn English, which was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2014 (see links below). In 2012, she presented her research findings as a plenary speaker at a Council of Europe intergovernmental seminar on plurilingual and pluricultural education and she has contributed to other publications and conferences in this field. She lectures on EAL teaching and language methodology at St. Patrick’s College of Education, Dublin and has also been involved in innovative approaches to language testing, including the development of assessment resources for children learning EAL in Ireland. As an English language teacher, she has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan and with refugees in Ireland.
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Book link – Immigrant Pupils Learn English: A CEFR-related empirical study of L2 development by Bronagh Ćatibušić and David Little: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Immigrant-Pupils-Learn-English-CEFR-Related/dp/1107414563/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403622339&sr=8-1
See also – Cambridge English Profile Studies: http://www.englishprofile.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=231&Itemid=105