Tapping Into the First Language

By Melissa Enns For those who are newer to this blog, a topic that has been of great interest to me is translanguaging. I have written a series of posts on the topic and will be referring to several of them today, as they might be helpful to build a broader understanding of the topic. …

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Language is Messy (Concluding Thoughts on Translanguaging)

Throughout my last couple of posts, I focused on the practical end of using translanguaging as a teaching strategy. Today I will offer one more of Cummins' (2005) strategies and wrap up the translanguaging discussion (for now). In addition to the suggestions described in “Translanguaging for Dummies” and Translanguaging for Emerging Experts, Cummins also recommends using sister class projects …

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Overcoming the Monolingual Bias

In my last post (Translanguaging: Establishing Some Foundations), I highlighted the monolingual bias in language education and discussed the importance of being strategic in employing translanguaging strategies, including through having clear guidelines for when it is appropriate. However, I feel that I did not adequately address the question of why it is important to challenge the monolingual principle in …

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