Translanguaging Explained

Are you still wondering about the benefits of students using their home languages in your classroom?

Translanguaging is a theory about how multilinguals naturally use their languages to communicate in different situations depending on who they are interacting with and what they are attempting to achieve with language. As a theory, translanguaging represents a holistic and dynamic view of multilingualism. Translanguaging is also a form of pedagogy for educating multilinguals, where teachers encourage students to deploy all of their language resources to enhance their comprehension and learn content.

Marrero-Colón shows with lively vignettes the basics of how translanguaging can benefit learners in four types of classrooms: a mainstream science class, an English language development class, a dual language classroom, and a transitional bilingual program. She demonstrates that translanguaging pedagogy respects students' identity and positions them as capable learners, who have background knowledge and skills to draw on, which can boost their critical thinking, creativity, and self-efficacy.

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Marrero-Colón, M. B. (2021). CAL Commentary: Translanguaging: Theory, Concept, Practice, Stance… or All of the Above? Center for Applied Linguistics. 

Translanguaging Explained
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