ERIC Number: EJ1120725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Using University Students' L1 as a Resource: Translanguaging in a Puerto Rican ESL Classroom
Carroll, Kevin S.; Sambolín Morales, Astrid N.
Bilingual Research Journal, v39 n3-4 p248-262 2016
Framed within Ruiz's language-as-resource orientation, this article uses data from a college ESL classroom where a translanguaging approach was used for the teaching of a novel. After defining key terms, the article describes the linguistic context of higher education in Puerto Rico and its influence on one instructor's Basic English course. Using qualitative inquiry throughout a month-long unit, the researchers describe a bilingual instructor's translanguaging approach and how it enhanced the reading of Abraham Rodríguez Jr.'s "The Boy Without a Flag". The findings present how the translanguaging approach was implemented by using literature circles as a strategy to promote collaborative learning across the two languages. Ultimately, the authors argue that the use of a translanguaging approach complements Ruiz's language-as-a-resource orientation in that students' home language and varying linguistic repertories are respected and weaved into this ESL course as resources for constructing meaning and building on students' cultural knowledge.
Descriptors: Native Language, Bilingualism, Code Switching (Language), Language Usage, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Qualitative Research, Units of Study, Higher Education, Puerto Ricans, Cultural Background, Novels, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning, College Students, Spanish, Language Planning, Course Descriptions, Focus Groups, Student Attitudes, Interviews, Participant Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico
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