Multilingual Language Awareness

Recently, I did a presentation on Ofelia García's (2008) encyclopedia entry on "Multilingual Language Awareness and Teacher Education." A few of García's points really stuck out to me as crucial not just to language education, but to education as a whole. With that in mind, I decided to share them along with some of my own thoughts. The …

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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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Language, Power, and Nation-Building

So far, we have been looking at teacher identity and critical self reflection; now let’s zoom out to look at some of the “big picture” influences that shape the content and atmosphere in the language classroom. As I wrote last time, language is not neutral. Corson (1993) is quick to note that there is a …

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