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 training sectors in national and international contexts. During the 1970s he completed his BA, worked with Secours Catholique social agency in Paris for several months and studied for three years in Italy. During the 1980s and 90s, he taught French, English, Civics and RE in the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal, for approximately thirteen years. In addition, he taught English in Britanny, France, Santiago Di Compostella, Spain, and later, for a short time, in Boston MA. From 1985-87 he taught in Libya and then went to work as a language specialist for Saudi Telecom HQ and Bell Canada in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1988-89. He taught English and professional development courses for Saudi ARAMCO in Jeddah for three years (1995-98) and was a lecturer in English at the United Arab Emirates University from 1998-99.

Patrick has lectured in the School of Education at NUIG since 1999. During this time he has been involved in bringing about change and improvement in teacher education from H.Dip in Ed. through PGDE and PDE to the current PME. He has made significant contributions to education at Diploma, DIO, PME, M.Ed., M.Litt. and Ph.D. levels. He has lectured and/or given workshops and tutorials in many areas that reflect his research interests and fields of expertise: modern languages, TEFL, teaching English language learners (TELL), bilingualism, 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).
Patrick was awarded BA from NUIM, BD from Gregorian university, Rome, Diploma from Guildhall School, London, M.Ed from Manchester University, and Ph.D. from TCD.    
 

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) '‘‘Transformative Pedagogy’’ in the context of language teaching: being and becoming'
Patrick Farren (2016) '‘‘Transformative Pedagogy’’ in the context of language teaching: being and becoming'. World Journal on Educational Technology, [Details]
(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]

Books

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Transforming Language Teaching and Learning' (in press).
Patrick Farren (2017) 'Transforming Language Teaching and Learning' (in press). Oxford UK: Peter Lang Intl. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) Educational Studies Associaton of Ireland (ESAI)
Patrick Farren (2015) Teaching English Language Learners in the Mainstream Post-Primary Classroom: strategies, and impact Educational Studies Associaton of Ireland (ESAI) [Details]
(2016) Clute Institute
Patrick Farren (2016) Personal Construct: teacher and student Clute Institute [Details]
(2016) ESAI Conference
Patrick Farren (2016) Student-teachers' perceptions about the impact of learning one foreign language on the teaching of another language ESAI Conference Ireland, [Details]
(2014) ESAI Conference
Patrick Farren (2014) Transformative Pedagogy: identity, capacity, and sustainability ESAI Conference [Details]
(1999) International TESOL (Arabia)
Dr. Patrick Farren (1999) A Pedagogical 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]