Tower of Babel or Garden of Eden? Teaching English as a Foreign Language through a Translanguaging Lens

Mirjam Günther -van der Meij*, Joana Duarte

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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    This chapter discusses the use of translanguaging pedagogy for learning English with young learners (kindergarten and elementary school level) in the context of the officially bilingual Province of Friesland, the Netherlands (with Dutch and the regional minority language Frisian). First, a holistic model for multilingualism in education (Duarte, 2017 (Meer Kansen Met Meertaligheid) NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; 2017) and its relation to teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is presented. The model places pedagogical practices along a continuum, oscillating between the acknowledgement of languages and their full use in education. Then examples of multilingual activities for TESOL – combining a translanguaging approach with several multilingual approaches such as language awareness and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodologies – will be discussed, drawn from two research projects set in the Province of Friesland. Exemplary transcripts from English classrooms will also be presented and discussed in which we focus on the role of translanguaging in interaction, distinguishing three types of functions: symbolic, scaffolding and epistemological. The chapter ends with a reflection on the extent to which translanguaging within the context of TESOL in primary education causes a Tower of Babel or is perceived by schools to be a Garden of Eden.
    Originele taal-2English
    TitelEnvisioning TESOL though a translanguaging lens
    SubtitelGlobal perspectives
    RedacteurenZhongfeng Tian, Laila Aghai, Peter Sayer, Jamie Schissel
    Plaats van productieCham, Switzerland
    Aantal pagina's22
    ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-47031-9
    ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-47030-2
    StatusPublished - 2020

    Publicatie series

    NaamEducational Linguistics

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