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ERIC Number: EJ1230567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1946-3014
Translanguaging by Design in EFL Classrooms
Fallas Escobar, Christian
Classroom Discourse, v10 n3-4 p290-305 2019
This study presents the analysis of a translanguaging by design activity I conducted with students finishing an EFL program at a Costa Rican university, for which I showed them pictures of graffiti in Spanish and encouraged them to discuss these, using their entire linguistic repertoire. I recorded their discussions, selected instances of bilingual languaging, and analyzed their spontaneous and intuitive translanguaging. Whereas classroom interaction showed that students translanguaged for various purposes and in clearly distinctive ways, follow-up student interviews revealed some of the affordances and constraints of purposefully bringing translanguaging into programs that have for long been dominated by monolingual language ideologies. By and large, this study constitutes an attempt at transforming translanguaging from a furtive to a purposefully planned practice, which is a much-needed step forward in challenging monolingual and language separation ideologies in EFL programs and in disrupting the trend in EFL education to view students simply as learners, and not as emergent bilinguals with a complex linguistic repertoire and intricate languaging skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica