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ERIC Number: EJ1131621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1833-4105
Translanguaging in English Academic Writing Preparation
Adamson, John; Coulson, David
International Journal of Pedagogies and Learning, v10 n1 p24-37 2015
We investigate translanguaging (i.e. the co-use of first and second languages) in a Content and Language Integrated Learning course, as a pragmatic means to promote the skill of young university students in extended critical academic writing. We aimed to prepare new undergraduate students (n = 180) for courses where partial English-medium instruction is typical, rather than full immersion. This means that both Japanese and English may be used in the teaching and completion of regular classes. Data from students' answers to questionnaires and their written work over a three-year period demonstrate (a) how translanguaging facilitates completion of tasks and (b) the appearance of positive perceptions of students toward this policy. Further, content and language assessment criteria in writing, and the strategic use of Japanese language reading related to class themes, resulted in improved outcomes for most students of lower proficiency. Awareness of translanguaging among the students led to improved written work, and this enhanced authenticity and relevance to local purposes. Conclusions indicate that translanguaging in a partial English-medium context reflects the growing realities of English use as a Lingua Franca.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan