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Ms. Barbara Geraghty


Barbara Geraghty is lecturer in Japanese in the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics at the University of Limerick and is a member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies (CALS). She is a member of the National Steering Committee of the Post-Primary Languages Initiative. Her research interests include motivation and affect in language learning, computer-assisted language learning, language and culture and Okinawan literature.

Research Interests

Japanese Language; Japanese Literature; Motivation in Foreign Language Acquisition; Materials development, Migration

Professional Activities


  • 2013 - Japanese Ambassador's Commendation
  • 2007 - European Language Label
  • 2002 - University of Limerick Excellence in Teaching Award


  • 2007 University of Central Lancaster Department of Languages - External Examiner for Japanese


  • 2004 Royal Irish Academy Committee on Modern Languages, Literature and Culture,
  • 1899 Steering Committee Post-Primary Languages Initiative,


  • 2001 Member, Japanese Language Teachers of Ireland
  • 1999 Member, British Association of Teachers of Japanese


  • 1999 University of Sheffield - M.A.
  • 1988 National University of Ireland, Galway - Master of Arts


  • Japanese


  • I acted as a volunteer interpreter for the Japanese team during the pre-event programme for the Special Olympics in Ireland in 2003.