Creative English Pedagogy in the Translanguaging Space

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    This workshop reflects our research which explores the use of the translanguaging space (Li Wei, 2017) in confirming identity and student agency and developing a creative pedagogy. In the ethno-graphic, multi-site case study, (Dutton & Rushton, 2018) we explored artefacts which teachers offered at key junctures in their work. These included reflections on the strategies they employed in their classrooms and student work artefacts. These offer insights into how the translanguaging space can be used to support English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) students from low socio-economic backgrounds to develop and use all their linguistic and cultural resources. One of the strategies we will explore is the production of Identity texts (Cummins & Early, 2011; Cummins, Hu, Markus & Montero, 2015), an oral, written or multimodal text that connects to the students’ community. These texts disrupt a transmission pedagogy that views the student as a blank slate (Freire,1975). By producing Identity texts in the translanguaging space, students are able to choose which language or languages they will use “as a multilingual, multisemiotic, multisensory, and multimodal resource that human beings use for thinking and for communicating thought” (Li Wei, p. 25).
    Period10 Jul 2019
    Event titleAustralian Literacy Educators 2019 National Conference: Literacy Empowering Voices
    Event typeConference
    LocationMelbourne, Australia, VictoriaShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionNational