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ERIC Number: EJ1068122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Translanguaging in an Infant Classroom: Using Multiple Languages to Make Meaning
Garrity, Sarah; Aquino-Sterling, Cristian R.; Day, Ashley
International Multilingual Research Journal, v9 n3 p177-196 2015
Numerous theories of development position infants as inherently driven to make sense of the world around them, and the acquisition of language is a fundamental developmental milestone of this period. The purpose of this study was to document the first year of implementation of a Spanish/English dual language program in an infant classroom, using a descriptive, phenomenological research design and qualitative methodology. Translanguaging emerged as a powerful construct that helped us make sense of our particular context, giving meaning to the data and providing a cogent framework to help us explicate our findings. As "social novices," the infants in our study were not bound by implicit or explicit rules about what language to use when, with whom, or in what context, and our data highlighted the reality of a "multilingual" infant classroom in which both children and teachers used language fluidly as they went about their daily lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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