Being a teacher is a tricky job. Large classes full of children, all with very specific needs. Between keeping on top of the curriculum and ensuring kids meet the standards expected for their class, each day offers a new challenge.

And yet, despite this everyone remembers the teachers that helped us fit in. Those that settled arguments between friends. That made us feel welcome. And the teachers that inspired us and made us want to do our best.

But, there are times when teachers don't have all the answers. And that's ok! When a classroom is made up of lots of children who speak a different mother tongue at home, it can be a challenge. But hopefully, a fun one

Tune in to Mothertongues this evening at 7.15pm on RTÉjr, press play above or get the podcast here!

In preparing for this season we visited two schools that are facing into this challenge head on. St Mary’s in Dublin City and Our Mother of Divine Grace in Ballygall have hugely diverse student population and yet students and teachers are thriving in an immersive, multilingual and, above all, happy environment.

This week’s episode is for teachers who want to make their classroom a place where language is shared and used easily. While in the schools we asked teachers and their students how they build diversity of language into each and every day.

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If your family, or your school would like to share ways in which you make language a part of your day, why not get in touch? Email

Full details on how to take part are HERE!

Thanks so much to all the families who have taken part so far and to everyone at for helping connect the dots. They do amazing work and this is only a small addition to the help they give multilingual families across the country.