Language in the school: Multilingualism and translanguaging

How can we provide opportunities for and support bilinguals in education, and how does our view on language impact the education of all students? Professor of Bilingual Education, Ofelia García, will give the 2017 Einar Haugen Lecture on this topic, and introduces the notion of translingual pedagogy.

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The lecture was streamed live, and can be watched by clicking the video above.

This lecture proposes that the ways in which we think about language has consequences for the education of all students, and especially in the minoritization of some.

Taking the standpoint that language is the widely distributed human capacity to relate to others and ideas, and not simply a named language like Norwegian or English, we examine how this perspectival shift opens up spaces for pedagogical practices that expand the multilingual capacities of all language users.

Besides clarifying the concept of translanguaging that underlies this framework, we give examples of how classroom teachers have taken up translanguaging to expand educational opportunities and multilingualism for all.  

About the speaker

Ofelia García is Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (external link). She has been Professor of Bilingual Education at Columbia University´s Teachers College, Dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and Professor of Education at The City College of New York.

Professor García has published extensively on bilingualism and the education of bilinguals. Among her best-known books are Bilingual Education in the 21st century: A global perspective and Translanguaging; Language, Bilingualism and Education (with Li Wei). She is the General Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language and the co-editor of Language Policy (with H. Kelly-Holmes).

Read more about Professor García on her website (external link). 

Published Sep. 25, 2017 1:57 PM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2019 3:10 PM