Speciality: Translanguaging (abstract) University: City University of New York, The Graduate Center, Urban Education Program Support: This lecture is in cooperation with the Competence Area V Social Inequalities and Intercultural Education (SINTER) of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Cologne.

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Ofelia García on the subject “Translanguaging”

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  • Translanguaging is the use of the full linguistic repertoire “without regard for watchful adherence to the socially and politically defined boundaries of named languages”.
  • Oftentimes, it is assumed that bilinguals have one dominant language, and thus there is a hierarchical relationship between their known languages.
  • Bisection of the natural available meaning-making-system of a child (for bilinguals) should be encouraged.
  • A translanguaging classroom takes the student’s unitary linguistic system into account. It offers the opportunity to deploy the full linguistic repertoire.

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Interview of Ofelia García

This interview of Mrs. Ofelia García was taken during the MUDILE 2017. She talks about her personal experiences with multilingualism, translanguaging and bilingualism and about her research projects which are planned for the future.

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If you would like to get further information about Ofelia García, her responsibilities at the City University of New York, CV, areas of interest or professional activities, please visit her homepage: https://ofeliagarcia.org/