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Moving Towards Translanguaging: Service-Learning That Leverages Emerging Bilinguals' Linguistic Development

Moving Towards Translanguaging: Service-Learning That Leverages Emerging Bilinguals' Linguistic Development
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Author(s): Mara R. Barbosa (Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, USA)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Beyond Language Learning Instruction: Transformative Supports for Emergent Bilinguals and Educators
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Alina Slapac (University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA) and Sarah A. Coppersmith (University of Missouri, St. Louis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1962-2.ch009

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Abstract

Emerging bilinguals at US schools are generally subject to programs that are inadequate for their learning needs. It is crucial to find teaching models through which they can develop their academic language skills. This chapter presents the program Learn from the Experts, a partnership between a university and a high school, that fosters collaboration between Spanish and English learners. In this program, which follows the translanguaging pedagogy, Spanish learners from the university meet to collaborate with Spanish heritage English learners from the high school in lessons designed to develop each of the participants' skills in the language they are learning. The chapter also presents pedagogical changes made to the program resulting from the program team's reflection. It contributes to the development of models that support emerging bilinguals' language learning through collaboration with more experienced speakers without compelling speakers of minoritized languages to distance themselves from their languages and cultures.

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