Mr Patrick Farren


Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
School of Education
Room 8
14 University Road
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3840
E: patrick.farren@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Patrick has extensive work experience in a variety of educational and industrial sectors in national and international contexts. He worked with Secours Catholique social agency in Paris for several months and studied for three years in Italy during the 1970s. During the 1980s and 90s, he taught French, English, Civics and RE in a post-primary school in Donegal for approximately thirteen years, and taught English in a post-primary school in France for approximately six months. He taught in industry, in Libya for two years (1985-87), and developed English language course material and taught for Saudi Telecom in conjunction with Bell Canada in Riyadh for a year (1988-89). He taught professional development courses for Saudi ARAMCO in Jeddah for three years (1995-98). He taught English in the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, in UAE for one year (1998-99). He has lectured in the School of Education at NUIG since 1999. During his time at NUIG, Patrick has been involved in bringing about change and improvement in teacher education. He has made significant contributions to education at Diploma, DIO, PME, M.Ed., and Ph.D. levels. He has lectured and/or given workshops in many areas that reflect his research interests: TEFL, modern languages, critical reflective practice, research methodologies, including action research, practitioner inquiry, active and autonomous language teaching and learning approaches, History, and Structure of Education, and Irish educational policy. He has supervised hundreds of student-teachers in the context of their teaching practice all over Ireland. In addition, he has had two years experience as Director of M.Ed. programme (2013-14, and 2015-16).     

Research Interests

Language teacher education (modern languages, English,including EAL, Chinese), bilingualism, plurilingualism, interculturalism, Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and European Language Portfolio (ELP); language policy, practitioner inquiry, autonomous language teaching and learning, curriculum reform, assessment for learning/AfL, history and structure of education, educational policies, and contemporary educational issues.


Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
MF2003 MF3 03 M PATRICK FARREN 01-FEB-04 20-JUL-07

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Addressing Needs of English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes'
Patrick Farren (2016) 'Addressing Needs of English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes'. Irish Journal Of Education, 41 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(1999) International TESOL (Arabia)
Dr. Patrick Farren (1999) A Pedagogic, Communicative Grammar International TESOL (Arabia) [Details]
(2004) Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication
Dr. Patrick Farren (2004) Exploring the European Language Portoflio in the contexrt of the Higher Diploma in Education Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication [Details]
(2007) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
Dr. Patrick Farren (2007) Use of a Teaching Portfolio in Language Teacher Education Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) [Details]
(2008) International Association for Scientific Knowledge: Teaching and Learning (IASK, Portugal)
Dr. Patrick Farren (2008) Pre-Service Modern Language Teacher Education: autonomous teaching International Association for Scientific Knowledge: Teaching and Learning (IASK, Portugal) [Details]
(2009) Irish Research Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) International Conference
Dr .Patrick Farren (2009) A Whole School of Education (NUIG) approach to Language Education Irish Research Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL) International Conference [Details]
(2010) International Language Conference on Autonomous Language Teaching and Learning
Dr. Patrick Farren (2010) Autonomous language Teaching: prequisite to autonomous language learning . In: Peter Lang eds. International Language Conference on Autonomous Language Teaching and Learning [Details]