Invitations for further engagement with chapter ideas
- In this chapter we explore the idea that a teacher in a translanguaging classroom takes on a different role than in the monolingual classroom. How does this change in the teacher’s role empower students who would normally feel they have little or nothing of value to contribute?
- Allowing students to have frequent and meaningful partner or small group interactions can have both positive and negative impacts on EB learning. From what you have read in Chapter 2, how would you use partner and small group instruction in your classroom? What special considerations will you implement to avoid potential negative impacts?
- In this chapter, we describe most bilingual and dual language programs as monoliguistic in their outlook towards learning. What role do the students' home language usually play in these programs and what message does this send to them?
- How can technology, specifically Google Tools, help teachers empower students to use all of their linguistic skills to maximize their learning?
- In this chapter, bilingual children's books are proposed as important mentor texts in exploring how experienced bilinguals may address the challenge of effectively representing bilingual practices for specific audiences and purposes.
- What such mentor texts do you currently have in your classroom library that could serve such purposes?
- What are some titles you would like to add?
- What are some mini lessons you could add to your writing instruction to support your emergent bilinguals?
resources for further Reading/viewing
- CUNY NYSIEB: Translanguaging Resources
- García, O., Johnson, S. I., & Seltzer, K. (2016). The Translanguaging Classroom: Leveraging Student Bilingualism for Learning. Caslon, Incorporated.
- Velasco, P., & García, O. (2014). Translanguaging and the writing of bilingual learners. Bilingual Research Journal, 37(1), 6-23.
An example of translanguaging instructional practice in a freestanding ESL classroom
This is the first of 5 episodes from the video series Teaching Bilinguals (Even if you are not one) created by CUNY NYSIEB. The other 4 episodes are also available on YouTube.