John Harris
Fellow Emeritus, C.L.C.S.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Harris, J. and Ó Duibhir, P., Effective language teaching: A synthesis of research. Research Report No. 13. , Dublin., National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 2011, (ISSN 1649-3362), 1, 160 Report, 2011

Minority Languages, Community and Identity in Ireland and Scotland. in, John M. Kirk and Dónall P. Ó Baoill (Eds.) , Sustaining Minority Language Communities: Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Scotland. Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics 20. , Belfast:, Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, 2011, pp11 - 21, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2011

Attitude Motivation in the Early Learning of Foreign Languages and Minority Second Languages. in, O'Rourke, B. and Carson, L. , Language learning autonomy: Policy, Curriculum, Classroom, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2010, pp213 - 230, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2010

Harris, J., Late-stage refocussing of Irish-language program evaluation: Maximising the potential for productive debate and remediation, Language Teaching Research, 13, (1), 2009, p55 - 76 Journal Article, 2009

Expanding the comparative context for early language learning: From foreign to heritage and minority language programmes. in, M. Nikolov , The Age Factor and Early Language Learning, Berlin, Mouton de Gruyter, 2009, pp351 - 376, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2009

Language Culture and Curriculum., Abingdon, Oxon: , Routledge Taylor and Francis, [Editor], Current 2012, 2009 Editorial Board, 2009

A Third Language at Primary Level in Ireland: An independent evaluation of the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative in, editor(s)Nikolov, M. , Early Learning of Modern Foreign Languages: Processes and Outcomes, Clevedon, Multilingual Matters, 2009, pp1 - 12, [Harris, J. & O Leary, D.] Book Chapter, 2009

Irish in the education system. in, editor(s)C. Nic Pháidín and S. Ó Cearnaigh, (Eds.) , A New View of the Irish Language. , Dublin, Cois Life, 2008, pp178 - 190, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2008

Harris, J., The declining role of primary schools in the revitalisation of Irish., AILA Review, 21, 2008, p49 - 68 Journal Article, 2008

National trends in achievement in Irish listening at primary level: A challenge for language revitalisation and language policy. in, M. Conrick & M. Howard , From Applied Linguistics to Linguistics Applied: Issues, Practices and Trends., Birmingham, British Association for Applied Linguistics, 2007, pp25 - 42, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2007

Harris, J., Bilingualism and bilingual education in Ireland North and South., International Journal of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, 10, (4), 2007, p359 - 368 Journal Article, 2007

International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 10, 4, (2007), 359 - 539p, Harris, J., [Editor ], Special Issue Journal, 2007

Issues in Irish immersion. in, editor(s)M. Ó Laoire and J. Harris , Language and literacy in Irish-medium schools: Review of literature. , Dublin, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 2007, pp23 - 52, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2007 URL

Harris, J., Forde, P., Archer, P., Nic Fhearaile, S., and O'Gorman, M. , Irish in primary school: Long-term national trends in achievement. , Dublin , Department of Education and Science., 2006, 1 - 174pp Book, 2006

The role of ordinary primary schools in the maintenance and revival of Irish, in, editor(s)J. Cohen, K. McAlister, K. Rolstad and J. MacSwan , ISB4: Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism, , Somerville, MA, Cascadilla Press., 2005, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2005

Harris, J. , An independent evaluation of the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative. , Teangeolas, (41), 2004, p48 - 62 Journal Article, 2004

Research, Innovation and Policy Change: Lessons from the ITÉ evaluation of the Irish programme at Primary level. in, J. M. Kirk and D. P. Ó Baoill , Language planning and education: Linguistic issues in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland. , Belfast, Cló Ollscoil na Banríona., 2002, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 2002

Harris J. and Conway, M. , Modern Languages in Irish Primary Schools: An Evaluation of the National Pilot Project., Dublin , Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, 2002, 1 - 242 pp Book, 2002

Harris, J. and Murtagh, L. , Teaching and learning Irish in primary school: A review of research and development. Research Report 25. , Dublin , Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann. , 1999, 1 - 515pp Book, 1999

Harris, J.W., Spoken Irish in the primary school system, International Journal of the Sociology of Language, 70, 1998, p69 - 87 Journal Article, 1998

Speech and silence in the Irish-Ianguage class in, editor(s)A. Alqvist and v. Capkova , Dán do oide: Essays in memory of Conn R. Ó Cleirigh, 1927- 1995, Dublin, Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, 1997, [Harris, J. and Murtagh, L.] Book Chapter, 1997

Speaking proficiency in Irish in primary school children: Educational and sociolinguistic factors in, editor(s)W. Wolck and A.De Houwer , Plurilingua XVIII: Recent studies in contact linguistics, Brussels, Research Centre on Multilingualism at the Catholic University of Brussels, 1997, [Harris, J.] Book Chapter, 1997

Topic and language in teaching Irish at sixth-grade in primary school in, editor(s)T. Hickey. and J. Williams , Language, education and society in a changing world, Clevedon, Avon, Multilingual Matters and IRAAL, 1996, [Harris, J. and Murtagh, L.] Book Chapter, 1996

Harris, J.W., Ó Neill, P., Uí Dhufaigh, M. and Ó Súilleabhain, E.., Cúrsaí Nua Gaeilge na Bunscoile: Moltaí agus Ábhar Samplach. Rang 3 -Rang 6. Research Report 20. , Dublin, Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, 1996, 1 - 555pp Book, 1996

Harris, J.W., Ó Neill, P., Uí Dhufaigh, M. and Ó Súilleabhain, E. , Cúrsaí Nua Gaeilge na Bunscoile: Moltaí agus Ábhar Samplach. Naionáin Shóisearacha - rang 2. Research Report 19. , Dublin , Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, 1996, 1 - 476pp Book, 1996

Harris, J., Teagasc na Gaeilge sa bhunscoil trid an gCur Chuige Cumarsaideach: Tionscadal taighde agus forbartha de chuid ITÉ, Teangeolas, 35, 1996, p22 - 36 Journal Article, 1996

Harris, J., An Ghaeilge labhartha sa ghnathscoil: fadhbanna is feidearthachtai sa re nua, Teangeolas, 32, 1993, p50 - 59 Journal Article, 1993

Ireland (IRL): Multilingual policies in Irish first and second level schools in, editor(s)Ulrich Ammon, Klaus J. Mattheier and Peter Nelde , Multilingual Concepts in the Schools of Europe. Sociolinguistica 7, 1993, pp152 - 161, [Harris, J. with Ó Riagain, P.] Book Chapter, 1993

Harris, J.W., Foreign languages in primary schools: Weighing the evidence, Teangeolas, 30/31, 1992, p15 - 27 Journal Article, 1992

Harris, J.W., Age and language acquisition, Studies in Education, 7, 1991, p53 - 58 Journal Article, 1991

Second and foreign languages in primary education: Issues and research in, Foreign language teaching in primary schools, Dublin, Irish National Teachers Organisation, 1991, [Harris, J.W.] Book Chapter, 1991

The contribution of primary schools to the maintenance of Irish in, editor(s)S. Kroon and K. J aspaert , Ethnic minority languages and education, Amsterdam, Swets and Zeitlinger, 1991, [Harris, J .W.] Book Chapter, 1991

Harris, J.W., The second-language programme evaluation literature, Language, Culture and Curriculum, 3, 1990, p83 - 92 Journal Article, 1990

Evaluating second language programmes: Process and product. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 3, 1, (1990), Harris, J.W., [eds.] Journal, 1990

Bilingualism in primary education in Ireland: Research results in, editor(s)M. W. Ó Murchu and H. Ó Murchu , Aspects of bilingual education: The Italian and Irish experience, Dublin, Bord na Gaeilge, 1988, [Harris, J.W.] Book Chapter, 1988

Harris, J.W. and Murtagh, L., National assessment of Irish-language speaking , Language Culture and Curriculum, 2, 1988, p85 - 130 Journal Article, 1988

Irish and English in Gaeltacht primary schools in, editor(s)G. Mac Eoin, A. Ahlqvist, and D. Ó hAodha , Celtic papers presented at the third international conference on minority languages, Clevedon, Avon, Multilingual Matters, 1987, [Harris, J. W. and Murtagh, L.] Book Chapter, 1987

Speech comprehension and lexical failure in, Communication failure in dialogue and discourse, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1986, [Harris, J.W.] Book Chapter, 1986

Rationale for the empirical studies in, editor(s)Forrest, M., Mac Aogain, E., Reilly, R., and Christie, B , Communication failure in dialogue IV: Dialogue studies (Main Phase). Contract # ESPRIT AlP P527, Brussels, Commission of the European Communities, 1986, [Harris, J. W.] Book Chapter, 1986

Harris, J. W., An Ghaeilge labhartha sna bunscoileanna, Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éir, Dublin, 1984 Book, 1984

Harris, J. W., Spoken Irish in primary schools: An analysis of achievement, Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éir, Dublin, 1984 Book, 1984

Harris, J.W., Relationships between achievement in spoken Irish and demographic, administrative, and teaching factors, Irish Journal of Education, 17, 1983, p5 - 34 Journal Article, 1983

Harris, J.W., Research on reading in a second language, Oideas, 26, 1982, p14 - 20 Journal Article, 1982

Harris, J.W., Achievement in spoken Irish at the end of primary school, Irish Journal of Education, 16, 1982, p85 - 116 Journal Article, 1982

National assessment of speaking proficiency in Irish in, editor(s)W.F. Mackey et al. , Contemporary perspectives on the teaching of Irish, Dublin, Bord na Gaeilge, 1982, [Harris, J.W.] Book Chapter, 1982

Ethnic stereotypes: Agreement between Jewish and Irish Americans in, editor(s)Freedman, D. , Human Sociobiology, Human Sociobiology, Free Press, 1980, [Harris, J. W. with Freedman, D.] Book Chapter, 1980

Harris, J. W., Why the second language speaker comprehends more slowly, Teangeolas, 11, 1980, p18 - 26 Journal Article, 1980

Harris, J.W., Immediate understanding of spoken language, Teanga, 1, 1979, p17 - 27 Journal Article, 1979

Harris, J.W., Linguistic competence and performance of adolescents, Journal of the Association of Teachers of English, 8, 1979, p65 - 71 Journal Article, 1979

Harris, J. W., Forbairt agus caighdeánú bealtrialacha Gaeilge Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann, Teangeolas, 9, 1979, p12 - 16 Journal Article, 1979

Harris, J.W., Psychology, grammar and the study of speech perception, Teangeolas, 7, 1976, p18 - 21 Journal Article, 1976

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Harris, J. & O Leary, D. , Linguistic diversity at an earlier age: An independent evaluation of the Modern Language in Primary School Initiative in Ireland, Linguistic Diversity, Cork: University College Cork, Nov 4th-5th, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Harris, J., An Ghaeilge sa Bhunscoil: Fadhbanna agus féidearthachtaí, Conference of the Department of Education and Science Inspectorate, Croke Park, September 7th, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Harris, J., Múineadh na nGaeilge, an Bhéarla agus teangacha iasachta i mbunscoileanna na hÉireann, Conradh na nGaeilge Conference 'The Issue of Language in the Irish Education System'., Dublin Trinity College, 14th July, 2005 Conference Paper, 2005

Harris, J., Suirbhé náisiúnta ar an nGaeilge sa Bhunscoil, Inspectors' Conference, Tralee, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Harris, J., Modern languages in Irish primary schools, Third Mercator International Symposium, Holland, November, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Harris, J., Third Language Learning at Primary level in Ireland: Evidence from the evaluation of the National Pilot Project, Third International Conference on Trilingualism and Third Language Acquisition, Tralee, September, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Harris, J., The role of primary schools in the maintenance and revival of Irish, 4th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, April 30th, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Harris, J., Invited paper, Third Language and Politics Symposium, Queen's University Belfast, 18th-20th September, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Harris, J and Ní Scannláin, E., Cnuasaigh Chugat! A content based Irish course for the beginning of post primary school. CD, Listening tape and report submitted to the European Commission, 2000, - Miscellaneous, 2000

Harris, J. and Mac Giollabhui, S., Bain Triail As: Eolaíocht trí Ghaeilge do na gnáthscoileanna. Pupil's book, 1998, - Miscellaneous, 1998

Harris, J. and Mac Giollabhui, S., Bain Triail As: Eolaíocht trí Ghaeilge do na gnáthscoileanna. Teacher's Handbook, 1998, - Miscellaneous, 1998

Harris, J. and Mac Giollabhui, S., Lean den Ealaín: Ealaín trí Ghaeilge do na gnáthscoileanna. Teacher's Handbook, 1998, - Miscellaneous, 1998

Harris, J. and Murtagh, L., Teaching and learning Irish in primary school: A research and development project of the Psycholinguistics Department in ITE, Fifth European Congress of Psychology, Dublin, July, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Harris, J., Approaches to foreign-langage programme-evaluation at primary level, European Project Eveil aux langues a l'ecole primaire - Language awareness in the primary school, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. Dublin, 1997 Conference Paper, 1997

Harris, J. and Murtagh, L., A direct classroom observation study of the teaching of Irish in sixth class in Irish primary schools, international conference on Language, Education and Society in a Changing World, Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, Dublin, June, 1994 Conference Paper, 1994

Harris, J., Taighde ar mhuineadh na Gaeilge sa bhunscoil, Irish Curriculum Committee, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, 5th April, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

Harris, J., Staidear dirbhreathnaithe ar fhoglaim agus ar theagasc na Gaeilge sa bhunscoil, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 19th April, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

Harris, J., Content-based language instruction in Irish primary schools: L2 speaking proficiency as a function of pupil and teacher variables, Tenth World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics, Amsterdam, August, 1993 Conference Paper, 1993

Harris, J., Second and foreign languages in primary education: issues and research, Education Conference, Irish National Teachers Organisation, Donegal, 1991 Conference Paper, 1991

Harris, J., Oideachas feabhais sna scoileanna lanGhaeilge - torthai suirbhé, Meeting of Gaelscoileanna, Bord na Gaeilge, 1991 Conference Paper, 1991

Harris, J., Dearcadh daltai bunscoile agus a dtuismitheoiri faoin nGaeilge agus faoi theagasc na Gaeilge: reamhthorthai taighde, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, April, 1990 Conference Paper, 1990

Harris, J., Sceim phiolótach i dteagasc na Gaeilge, 1989: reamhthorthai, Annual General Meeting of Primary School Inspectors, Marino College, 1989 Conference Paper, 1989

Harris, J., Bilingualism, learning difficulties and reading, International Conference, Rodin Remediation Academy, Trinity College, Dublin, September, 1989 Conference Paper, 1989

Harris, J., A national assessment programme for Irish, International Conference on the Maintenance and Loss of Ethnic Minority Languages, Noordwijkerhout, Holland, August, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Harris, J., An Ghaeilge sa bhunscoil. Lecture, Tionó1 Oideachais Chomhar na Muinteoiri Gaeilge, Riverside Centre, Dublin, 26 November, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Harris, J., Levels of achievement in the teaching of Irish to school children, International Conference on the Maintenance and Loss of Ethnic Minority Languages, Noordwijkerhout, Holland, August, 1988 Conference Paper, 1988

Harris, J., Bilingualism in primary education in Ireland: research findings: lecture, seminar on bilingual education in Italy and in Ireland, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Dublin, 7 November, 1986 Conference Paper, 1986

Harris, J., Achievement in spoken Irish and verbal reasoning ability in English among Gaeltacht primary school children, Third International Conference on Minority Languages, Galway, June, 1986 Conference Paper, 1986

Harris, J. W., Review of Language and Education in Multilingual settings, by Spolsky, B. , Language Culture and Curriculum, 1, (3), 1985, p309-312 Review, 1985

Harris, J., Spoken Irish in Primary Schools, Educational Research Centre, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 20 February, 1985 Conference Paper, 1985

Harris, J., Surveys on the Irish language 1960-1985, INTO Consultative Conference on the Irish Language, Cork, December, 1985 Conference Paper, 1985

Harris, J., Explaining class achievement in spoken Irish: demographic, administrative and teaching factors, IRAAL seminar 'Bilingualism and bilingual education, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, 9 March, 1985 Conference Paper, 1985

Harris, J., Attainment in spoken Irish in English-medium, all-lrish and Gaeltacht primary schools, IRAAL symposium Language across cultures, 8 July, 1983 Conference Paper, 1983

Harris, J. W., Review of Language transfer: A review of some recent studies agus Age as a factor in second language acquisition, by Singleton, D.M. , Teagasc na Gaeilge, 3, 1982, p170-180 Review, 1982

Harris, J., ITE's national assessment of the production and comprehension of spoken Irish among primary school children: results and implications, Seminar, Graduate Education for Second Language Teachers, Bord na Gaeilge, 28 November, 1981 Conference Paper, 1981

Harris, J., Variation in attention to speech: new evidence, Ninth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Copenhagen, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

Harris, J.W., Speaking, listening and reading in Irish, Proceedings of the F ourth Annual Conference of the Reading Association of Ireland, edited by S. Holland , Reading Association of Ireland, 1979, pp16 - 27 Conference Paper, 1979

Harris, J., Speaking, listening and reading in Irish, 4th Annual Meeting of the Reading Association of Ireland, St. Patrick's College, 14 September, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

Harris, J., Order of information within sentences and the immediate perception of language, Summer Meeting Linguistic Society of America, Salzburg, 1979 Conference Paper, 1979

Harris, J., Opposite effects of context on immediate structural and lexical processing, Annual Meeting Linguistic Society of America, Boston, 1978 Conference Paper, 1978

Harris, J., Linguistic patterns in adolescence, Association of Teachers of English Summer School, U.C.D., Earlsfort Terrace, 28 June, 1978 Conference Paper, 1978

Harris, J.W., Aspects of the guessing behaviour of Irish children on multiple choice verbal reasoning items, Department of Education and Science, 1971 Report, 1971

Harris, J.W, Temporal aspects of input-output processes in human-computer and human face-to-face interaction Working Paper,

Research Expertise

Description

Psycholinguistics, with a particular emphasis on bilingualism, classroom second language acquistion and children's attitudes to and experiences of language learning. Policy-oriented research on language learning and teaching, particularly national monitoring and evaluation at the system level. Language programme evaluation, particularly in relation to new initiatives and approaches. Classroom observation and the study of teaching and interaction processes in language education. Language maintenance and revival, minority languages, immersion education. Immediate processing of spoken language and communication failure in dialogue and discourse.

Keywords

Bilingualism; Minority language education and maintenance; Policy oriented research on language education; Psycholinguistics; Second language acquisition

Recognition

Representations

Editor, Language Culture and Curriculum (Routledge) January, 2009

Member of the editorial board of the international peer review journal 'Education, Citizenship and Social Justice' (Eds.; Peter Clough, Alan Dyson, Tony Gallagher adn Laurie Johnson). 2005-

Member, Department of Education and Science, Authoring Group for the Country Report (Ireland), Council of Europe Language Education Policy Profile for Ireland. 2005 - present.

Consultant to the DES Irish-Medium Materials Project Dearthóirí Áiseanna Teagaisc na Gaeilge na Roinne Oideachais agus Eolaíochta/ Séideán Sí. 2001 - present.

Member of Royal Irish Academy subcommitte on Language Policy. 2005 - present.

Consultant to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessmentin the early stages of its work to develop a new curriculum for Irish. 1992 - 1993.

Member of the Education Board of the Irish Association for Speech and Language Therapists 1999-present.

Member of the DES Consultative Committee and the Steering Committee for the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative 1998-present

Member of the NCCA Modern Language Steering Committee (Primary), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 2003-2004

Member of the high-level Committee to enquire into the position of Irish in the Junior Certificate Examination (Foundation and Ordinary levels) appointed by the Minister for Education and Science 2000-2003

Member of the Irish Curriculum Committee of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment from 1992-1998

Member of joint ITÉ Board/Senior Management Planning Committees which produced a series of five-year development plans for the Institute

Member of the ITÉ Research Management Committee (approved new projects and monitored the progress of work programmes).

Head of the Department of Psycholinguistics in ITÉ. Responsible for all planning and research management in the Department which comprised six academic staff. The research work of the Department spanned language teaching and learning at pre-school, primary and post-primary levels and dealt with Irish and modern European languages. I have supervised the work of a large number of postgraduate research assistants and teachers on secondment to ITÉ. 1978-2004

Member of the Board of Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann 1997-2002

Member of the Executive Committee of the ITÉ Board

Council of Europe Meeting of Experts (Irish Delegate). L'enseignement bilingue pour les communautes linguistiques minoritaires' 1996

EU Meeting of Experts (Irish Delegate). Conducted an examination of a linguistic test for foreign pupils entering first year of secondary education in the Netherlands. Brussels, 4-5 December,. 1980

Correspondent for the journal Sociolinguistica, producing an annual bibliography of publications on sociolinguistics in Ireland 1993-2000

. Regular referee and reviewer of articles for academic journals such as International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Teanga, the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Journal - Teanga and Teangeolas.

Referee for Multilingual Matters series of books on Language Acquisition 2005

Awards and Honours

Election to Fellowship of Trinity College Dublin 2008

Scholarship from Institiúid Teangeolaíochta Éireann (ITÉ) to study for a PhD in Psycholinguistics at the University of Chicago 1973-1976

Full Tuition Scholarship from the University of Chicago 1973-1976

Travel Scholarship from the Department of Foreign Affairs 1973

Research Fellowship in Psychometrics from the Department of Education and Science (DES). 1970-1971

Postgraduate Scholarship from University College Cork on the basis of B.A. results. 1968-1969

Memberships

Irish Association for Applied Linguistics

British Association for Applied Linguistics

Member of the Education Board of the Irish Association for Speech and Language Therapists 1999 – Present

Member of the DES Consultative Committee for the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative 1998 – Present

Member of the DES Steering Committee for the Modern Languages in Primary Schools Initiative 1998 – Present

Member of the NCCA Modern Language Steering Committee (Primary), National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 2003 – 2004

Member of the high-level Committee to enquire into the position of Irish in the Junior Certificate Examination (Foundation and Ordinary levels) appointed by the Minister for Education and Science 2000 – 2003

Member of the Irish Curriculum Committee of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment 1992 – 1998