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Translanguaging: Making Strategic Use of Emergent Bilinguals’ Complete Linguistic Repertoires

60 Minutes

Translanguaging, the strategic use of students’ home languages, promotes the acquisition of academic language and content knowledge in English. The presenters define translanguaging and explain the constant presence of a translanguaging corriente (current) as emergent bilinguals learn. They distinguish translanguaging from code switching and refute misconceptions about the use of students’ home languages in instruction. They then suggest strategic uses of translanguaging in classrooms showing pictures of strategies including linguistic comparisons, grouping strategies, the use of bilingual children’s literature, and preview, view, review.