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ERIC Number: EJ1120725
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1523-5882
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A