“Translanguaging” and the implications for the future teaching of English in Norway
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Original versionNordic Journal of Modern Language Methodology. 2019, 7 (1), 50-66.
This article explores the concept of translanguaging and its pedagogical implications. Specifically, I discuss how pedagogical translanguaging can be implemented in the teaching of English in Norway in light of the revised English curriculum presented in November 2019. I examine how the new English curriculum requires English teachers to value multilingualism as a resource and include students’ complete linguistic repertoire in their teaching of English. In 2018, researchers responded positively to the proposal for a revised English curriculum emphasising multilingualism, while teachers expressed that they did not understand the proposed competence aims involving students’ linguistic backgrounds. Despite teachers’ reservations, the final version presented in November 2019 continues to emphasise the inclusion of students’ multilingual resources as part of the subject’s “core elements” and competence aims. To address the issues raised by teachers, I explore how teachers can meet these requirements through pedagogical translanguaging. I present five facets of pedagogical translanguaging which can contribute to meet the requirements in the revised English curriculum: (1) raising students’ awareness of multilingualism, (2) appreciating linguistic diversity and positioning students as competent multilinguals, (3) encouraging students to compare English with other languages in their linguistic repertoires, (4) using literature that includes translanguaging as a teaching resource and (5) implementing tasks that require students to draw on their complete linguistic repertoires.
Article published in Nordic Journal of Modern Language Methodology under the licence Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)