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ERIC Number: EJ1169828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1947-5578
Translanguaging: Definitions, Implications, and Further Needs in Burgeoning Inquiry
Poza, Luis
Berkeley Review of Education, v6 n2 p101-128 Jan 2017
The term "translanguaging" has appeared with growing frequency in research about the education of linguistic minority students. Amid increasing application of the term, concern emerges regarding the consistency of its definitions and characterizations, specifically with respect to the term's social justice implications, which risk dilution. Early instances (García, 2007, 2009a) position the term as both a pedagogical strategy for supporting multilingual learners and a critique of existing conceptualizations of language and bilingualism that have historically marginalized particular speech communities. In this review of recent literature, I analyze 53 texts published between 1996 and 2014 for their definitions, exemplifications, and attributed implications of translanguaging, as an ontological perspective on language and as a set of teaching practices. In the review, I find that although the term has largely maintained its sociolinguistic critique, its ties to critical pedagogy appear only sporadically. I close this review by proposing avenues for new research.
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Language: English
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