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Translanguaging as a political stance: implications for English language education

Wei, Li; (2021) Translanguaging as a political stance: implications for English language education. ELT Journal , Article ccab083. 10.1093/elt/ccab083. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Following the multilingual trend in language education, translanguaging advocates active use of multiple languages and other meaning-making resources in a dynamic and integrated way in teaching and learning. When it comes to foreign language education, translanguaging advocates a view that the languages the learners already have should and can play a very positive role in learning additional languages. Moreover, the knowledge already acquired through the learners’ first and/or prior learned languages also plays an important role in foreign-language-medium education. This view is more than a pedagogic or theoretical perspective; it is a political stance, a decolonizing stance, that this article explores. It discusses the implications of the political naming of languages and critiques notions such as academic English.

Type: Article
Title: Translanguaging as a political stance: implications for English language education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/elt/ccab083
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccab083
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2021. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
Keywords: Social Sciences, Education & Educational Research, Linguistics, Language & Linguistics, Translanguaging, ELT, EAL, politics, decolonisation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10144440
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