Professor Angela Creese , University of Stirling, Scotland, UK
Title: Translanguaging as pedagogy in and beyond the classroom. Inclusive teaching and learning?
When: Monday 21 October 2019, 14.15-16.00
Where: Auditorium C0E11, Niagara, Malmö University, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö
This presentation reports outcomes of a research project which investigates the implications of everyday communicative practice for pedagogy in higher education. The Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded project, Translation and Translanguaging. Investigating Cultural and Linguistic Transformations in Superdiverse Wards in Four UK Cities generates new knowledge about how people communicate in superdiverse cities. The research team conducted detailed linguistic ethnographic studies in sixteen public settings across four cities, and built up a comprehensive account of the means by which people make meaning in migration and post-migration contexts.
Research sites included a busy city market, cosmopolitan corner shops, public libraries, community centres, advice and advocacy offices, and sports clubs. Researchers wrote field notes, audio-recorded and video-recorded participants in interaction, took photographs, collected digital and online posts, conducted interviews, and made recordings in domestic and social settings. Analysis of data demonstrated that when people bring into interaction different biographies, histories, and trajectories, they often ‘translanguage’. That is, they deploy whatever resources are available to them in that time and space, making the most of their communicative repertoires.
Translanguaging as pedagogy has the potential to be transformative, removing the hierarchy of practice that deems some languages and varieties to be more valuable than others. A translanguaging pedagogy enables learning through the communicative practices with which students routinely succeed.
In this presentation examples of encounters between people in migration settings illustrate and exemplify translanguaging in practice. In these encounters people learn to live with difference and change, making social and linguistic diversity a resource for learning.
Professor Angela Creese from the University of Stirling, UK, is a leading scholar in the field of linguistic ethnography, studying language in social life and the relationship between language and identities in superdiverse contexts where communication is mobile and complex.