Multilingual acquisition through a translanguaging lens
Ofelia García – The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Translanguaging theory transforms the ways in which researchers and educators have approached the study of multilingualism in the past. This presentation will first discuss how a translanguaging lens informs the study of language use among multilingual speakers, as well as multilingual acquisition among learners. Focusing on the multilingual lives of migrant children and youth, the presentation then looks at how a translanguaging lens shifts the assumptions we have about language teaching, especially for language minoritized students. I end by drawing on examples from different types of classrooms in the United States where pedagogical translanguaging is being used. I describe the components of such a pedagogy and the reasons for its use.