ERIC Number: EJ1092722
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
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Making Meaning through Translanguaging in the Literacy Classroom
Pacheco, Mark B.; Miller, Mary E.
Reading Teacher, v69 n5 p533-537 Mar-Apr 2016
In this Teaching Tip, we share three literacy activities for teachers working with emergent bilinguals. Leveraging students' heritage languages in instruction holds rich opportunities for literacy achievement. Translanguaging pedagogies encourage emergent bilinguals to use the full range of their linguistic repertoires when making meaning in the classroom. We describe three snapshots of three different classroom activities that welcome, leverage, and develop students' heritage languages in literacy instruction through translanguaging pedagogies. These activities include using text features with heritage language newspapers, summarizing when writing bilingual book reports, and using translating and home photos when creating eBooks. We conclude with implications for both student and teacher learning.
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Emergent Literacy, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Heritage Education, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices, Educational Strategies
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Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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