Volume 3, Issue 1 April 2020, pp. 1–10 Download PDF

Special Issue: Translanguaging as a Resource in Teaching and Learning

Introduction to the special issue

Julie Choi1, Mei French https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8883-24072, & Sue Ollerhead https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9905-07183

1 University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA julie.choi@unimelb.edu.au
2 University of South Australia, AUSTRALIA mei.french@mymail.unisa.edu.au
3 Macquarie University, AUSTRALIA susan.ollerhead@mq.edu.au

DOI: https://doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v3n1.283


Many teachers who see the multilingual and multicultural nature of society reflected in their classrooms seek inclusive and effective teaching strategies that go beyond conventional monolingually and monoculturally conceived approaches. Translanguaging, as communicative and cognitive practice which draws on a speaker's full multilingual repertoire, is a valuable resource for teaching and learning in contemporary linguistically diverse classrooms. When enacted in teaching and learning, translanguaging supports students not only to employ their full range of linguistic and cultural knowledge in the learning process to enable deeper and more connected understanding of content and language, but also contribute to the learning of their peers and teachers and bridge spaces between educational institutions, families and communities. This special issue addresses the role and use of translanguaging as a resource for students and teachers in a range of education settings including institutions and systems operating under a monolingual mindset (Clyne, 2008) in English-speaking countries including USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The studies present examples of practice from early childhood, primary, secondary and tertiary education settings, encompassing students from all walks of life in mainstream education, introductory language centres and heritage language classrooms. Discussion of multilingual and translanguaging practice, learning and pedagogy, case studies of linguistic and educational practice, and principles for translanguaging in teaching and learning will interest and inform educators in all roles, including teachers, teacher educators and researchers.


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Choi, J., French, M., & Ollerhead, S. (2020). Introduction to the special issue. Australian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 3(1), 1–10. https://doi.org/10.29140/ajal.v3n1.283

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