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Dr. Colin John Flynn
Assistant Professor, C.L.C.S.

Biography

Dr Colin Flynn (Cóilín Ó Floinn) is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics. Dr Flynn's research is focused on psychological and social aspects of language learning, e.g. motivation, cultural awareness, metalinguistic knowledge and attitudes towards (target) language varieties. He is also interested in exploring relationships between language learner psychology, language teaching methods and learning contexts. Dr Flynn has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics since 2011, during which time he has served as an ordinary member, as Treasurer and as Events Coordinator. He is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy's Coiste Léann na Gaeilge agus an Léinn Cheiltigh [Irish Language and Celtic Studies Committee]. Dr Flynn holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (PhD and MPhil), University College Dublin (HDipEd) and New York University (BA).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Learning multiple languages in an instructional setting: insights from the study of affordances and from the conceptualization(s) of translanguaging in, editor(s)D. Gabrys-Barker & E. Vetter , Modern Approaches to Researching Multilingualism, Berlin, Springer, 2024, pp147 - 159, [Singleton, D. & Flynn, C. J.] Book Chapter, 2024 DOI URL

Flynn, C.J., Foghlaimeoirí fásta i gcomhthéacs mionteangacha / Adult learners in minority language contexts, BAAL Newsletter, 122, 2023, p15-17 Journal Article, 2023 URL

'Singleton, David' in, editor(s)C.A. Chapelle , The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2nd Ed.), London, Wiley, 2023, pp1 - 3, [Flynn, C.J.] Book Chapter, 2023 DOI

Batardiere, Marie-Therese., Berthaud, Sarah., Catibusic, Bronagh, & Flynn, Colin J., Language teaching and learning in Ireland: 2012 - 2021, Language Teaching, 56, (1), 2023, p41 - 72 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Ó Murchadha N., Flynn C.J., Teachers as new speakers of a minority language: Identity, speakerness, and ideologies on variation in Irish, International Journal of Bilingualism, 26, (5), 2022, p584 - 600, p584-600 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Singleton, D. & Flynn C.J., Translanguaging: A pedagogical concept that went wandering, International Multilingual Research Journal, 16, (2), 2022, p136 - 147 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Flynn, C.J., Pedagogical concepts for language learning and teaching across cultures., Online Symposium on Language Learning and Teaching Across Cultures , Virtual Conference hosted by the Russian State University of Justice (Kazan branch) & Moscow State Linguistic University, March 18, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Flynn, C.J., Ó Duibhir, P., Ní Thuairisg, L., Ó Ciardubháin, C., Uí Laighléis, G., Féiniúlacht agus Inspreagadh i gcás Cúntóirí Teanga i Scoileanna Gaeltachta, TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 28, 2021, p151-175 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Flynn, C. J., Ó Duibhir, P., Ní Thuairisg, L., Ó Ciardubháin, C. and Uí Laighléis, G. , The role of language assistants in minority language maintenance education programs, American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Online, April 19-23, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Flynn, C.J., Foghlaim an Dara Teanga: Modhanna agus Tascanna sa Seomra Ranga [Second Language Learning: Methods and Tasks in the Classroom], Indreabhán, Cló Iar-Chonnacht, 2021, 1 - 217pp Book, 2021 URL

Flynn, C.J. and Singleton, D., Translanguaging: a pedagogical concept that went wandering, IRAAL Annual Conference: Applying Linguistics in the 21st Century, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, November 25-26, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Riordan, E. Earls, C., Furlong, Á., Flynn, C. J. and Benini, S., Higher Education Language Educator Competences: Towards a professionalisation of language teaching in Higher Education, IRAAL Annual Conference: Applying Linguistics in the 21st Century, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, November 25-26, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Singleton, D. & Flynn C.J., Language aptitude, language interaction and age of language learning: one reseacher's recent perspective, Language, Interaction, Acquisition, 12, (2), 2021, p284 - 304 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Flynn, C.J., Promoting active adult bilingualism in a minority language context, International Symposium on Bilingualism 13, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland, July 10-14, 2021 Conference Paper, 2021

Ó Duibhir, P., Ní Thuairisg, L., Ó Ciardubháin, C., Ó Floinn, C. [Flynn, C.], Uí Laighléis, G., Athbhreithniú ar Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga, London, an Roinn Turasóireachta, Cultúir, Ealaíon, Gaeltachta, Spóirt agus Meán, 2020, 1 - 70 Report, 2020 URL

Riordan, Emma, Earls, Clive, Furlong, Áine, Flynn, Colin, Benini, Silvia, Higher Education Language Educator Competences (HELECs), TEANGA, the Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, 27, 2020 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Flynn C.J., Adult Minority Language Learning: Motivation, Identity and Target Variety, Bristol, Multilingual Matters, 2020, 1-257pp Book, 2020 DOI

Flynn, Colin J., Review of New speakers of minority languages: linguistic ideologies & practices, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 41, (9), 2020, p815-817 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Flynn, C.J. and Ó Murchadha, N., Educators' language ideologies and target language varieties for the next generation, IRAAL Annual Conference: 'Threatening' Languages in a Global World, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, November 30, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Language educators' regard for variation in late modernity: Perceptions of linguistic variation in minority contexts, Journal of Sociolinguistics, 22, (3), 2018, p288 - 311 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Ó Murchadha, N. & Flynn, C.J., Educators' target language varieties for language learners: Orientation towards 'native' and 'non-native' norms in a minority language context, Modern Language Journal, 102, (4), 2018, p797 - 813 Journal Article, 2018

Flynn, C. J. and Ó Murchadha, N., LX speakers as teachers and language norm authorities in the minority language classroom, IRAAL Annual Conference: Applied Linguistics and Language Strategies: Practices and Policies, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, November 24, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Flynn, C.J., Beartas Úr na nGael: Dálaí na Gaeilge san Iar-Nua-Aoiseachas / An Meon Folaithe: Idé-eolaíochtaí agus iompar lucht labhartha na Gaeilge in Éirinn agus in Albain, COMHARTaighde, (4), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Ó Murchadha, N. and Flynn, C. J., New speakers as language norm authorities, Sociolinguistic Symposium 22, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, June 26-30, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Ó Murchadha, N. and Flynn, C. J, New speaker competence and varieties: the Irish context, COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe Final Whole Action Conference, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, September 14-16, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Ó Murchadha, N. and Flynn, C. J., Target language varieties and 'new speakers' of minority languages, International Symposium on Bilingualism 11, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, June 11-15, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

TEANGA, The Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, Ireland, The Irish Association for Applied Linguistics, [Co-Editor-in-Chief], 2017-2020 Editorial Board, 2017

Flynn, C. J., Ó Murchadha, N. and Ortega, A., Language policy, speakers' ideologies and new speaker linguistic identity: The case of Irish and Basque, Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain, June 15-18, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Ó Murchadha, N. and Flynn, C. J. , Student teachers" engagement with target language varieties for Irish, Celtic Sociolinguistics Symposium II, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. , October 14-16, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Flynn, C. J. and Ó Murchadha, N., Perceptions of Irish language variety appropriateness among student teachers, IRAAL Annual Conference: Paradigm Shifting in Applied Languages: New Theories and New Methods, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Ireland, November 19, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Flynn C.J., Harris J., Motivational diversity among adult minority language learners: are current theoretical constructs adequate?, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 37, (4), 2016, p371 - 384, p371-384 Journal Article, 2016 DOI

Flynn, C.J., Motivation and target speech model selection in Irish language learning, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 40th Anniversary Conference , Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, November 25, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Flynn, C.J., Becoming a new speaker: Moving from the classroom to the speech community, 2nd International Symposium on New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, November 20-22, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

Flynn, C.J., Relationships Between Identity and Attitudes to the Achievement of Native Speaker Norms in Adult L2 Learners of Irish, Trinity College Dublin, 2014 Thesis, 2014

Common ground between minority and majority languages: The case of identity. in, editor(s)A.N. Archibald , Multilingual Theory and Practice in Applied Linguistics, London, Scitsiugnil Press, 2013, pp175 - 179, [Murphy, D., Flynn, C.J. ] Book Chapter, 2013

Flynn, C.J., Teaching and researching: motivation, Language, Culture and Curriculum, 26, (2), 2013, p208-211 Review, 2013 DOI

Flynn, C.J., Attitudes towards target speech models among L2 learners of a minority language, Speaking in a foreign language: Psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic perspectives. Institute of Modern Languages, State School of Higher Professional Education, Konin, Poland, May 13-15, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Ó Floinn, C. [Flynn, C.], Múineadh na Gaeilge do Mheiriceánaigh: Roinnt léargas nua [Teaching Irish to Americans: Some new insights], Éigse Cholm Cille, University of Ulster, Derry, Northern Ireland, March 13, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

The role of culture in minority language learning: The case of adult learners of Irish in, editor(s)F. Farr & M. Moriarty , Language, Learning and Teaching: Irish Research Perspectives , Oxford, Peter Lang, 2013, pp41 - 64, [Flynn, C.J. ] Book Chapter, 2013

Flynn, C.J., Attitudes and orientations towards varieties of the Irish language among adult learners, 5th AILA-Europe Junior Researcher Meeting in Applied Linguistics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, June 18-20, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Flynn, C.J., The role of attitudes towards native and non-native varieties in the learning of Irish, 46th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, September 18-20, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

Murphy, D., and Flynn, C. J., Common ground between minority and majority languages: The case of identity, 45th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Flynn, C.J., Should I sound like you? And who are you anyway? Adult Irish learners' attitudes towards the achievement of native speaker norms, Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, October 14-15, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Flynn, C.J., Towards an understanding of integrative and cultural motivation in adult learners of Irish, IRAAL Postgraduate Symposium, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, October 1, 2010 Conference Paper, 2010

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Flynn, C.J., Plenary: The role of adult learners in minority language revitalization, Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference, Munster Technological University, Tralee, Ireland, October 1, 2022, IRAAL Invited Talk, 2022 URL

Flynn, C.J., Translanguaging: Many things to many people, and everything for some, Issues in Applied Linguistics Series, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, February 16, 2022, English Language & Literature, MIC Invited Talk, 2022

Flynn, C.J., Adult learners of Irish and their (perceived) role in language revitalization, Cultúr na Céadaoine Series, University College Dublin, Ireland, February 9, 2022, Gaeltacht UCD Office Invited Talk, 2022

Flynn, C.J., Adult Learners and their Role in Minority Language Revitalization / Foghlaimeoirí Fásta agus a Ról in Athneartú Mionteangacha, The 2022 Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture / Léacht Bharra Uí Dhonnabháin, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, April 28, 2022, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University Invited Talk, 2022 URL

Riordan, E., Earls, C., Furlong, Á., Flynn, C. , Higher Education Language Educator Competences: A Framework of Competences for Higher Education Language Educators in Ireland, Indreabhán, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2021, 1 - 28 Report, 2021 URL

Mionchuntas 18 [Aistriúchán ar 'Microconto 18' le Renata Sieiro Fernandes] in, editor(s)A. Donzela , Guerreira e Outros Microcontos de Renata Sieiro Fernandes, Campinas, SP, Urutua, 2019, pp86 - 86, [Ó Floinn, C. [Flynn, C.J.]] Book Chapter, 2019

Flynn, C.J., L2 Motivation in minority language contexts: Some insights from new and not so new research, Forum on Language Learning Motivation, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, November 23, 2018, Forum on Language Learning Motivation Invited Talk, 2018 URL

Ó Floinn, C. [Flynn, C.J.], Feasacht teanga sa seomra ranga: Deiseanna agus dúshláin do theagasc na Gaeilge, Symposium on 'Teagasc na Gaeilge ar an Tríú Leibhéal: Dúshláin agus Dea-chleachtais', St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, Ireland, September 3, 2015, Roinn na Gaeilge, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra Invited Talk, 2015

Flynn, C.J., Language and identity, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, New York, USA, February 22, 2012, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University Invited Talk, 2012

Research Expertise

Description

My research interests come under the broad heading of Second Language Acquisition. I have a particular interest in bi-/multilingualism in adults and children, and in instructed second language acquisition as an avenue to bi-/multilingual competence. My research looks specifically at the role of learner motivation, cultural awareness, metalinguistic knowledge and attitudes towards (target) language varieties in language learning processes. I am also interested in exploring relationships between language learner psychology, language teaching methods and learning contexts.

Recognition

Representations

Irish Association for Applied Linguistics Executive Committee 2011-

Royal Irish Academy, Coiste Léann na Gaeilge agus an Léinn Cheiltigh / Irish Language and Celtic Studies Committee 2022-

Awards and Honours

Trinity College Postgraduate Research Studentship 2010-2013

Stiofán Ó hAnnracháin Postdoctoral Fellowship at St. Patrick's College, DCU 2014-2015

Memberships

Irish Association for Applied Linguistics 2010 – present

American Psychological Association (APA) 2021 – present