Translanguaging as a tool to preserve L1 languages and promote multilingualism

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Translanguaging as a tool to preserve L1 languages and promote multilingualism

Title: Translanguaging as a tool to preserve L1 languages and promote multilingualism
Author: McCracken M.
Pages: 20-38
Publisher: Universiteit Leiden
Issue Date: 2017
Abstract: Linguists have become increasingly more aware and active in the field of Language Revitalisation since Michael Krauss’ call to action in 1992. In his article ‘The World’s Languages in Crisis’ Krauss estimated a ninety percent extinction rate for the world’s languages by the year 2100. Changing global and regional economies, as well as increased language contact, have created both external and internal pressures for many minority and indigenous populations to shift to dominant languages (Bradley, 2010). Bradley (2010) argues that the modern situation of globalisation does not lend itself to supporting monolingual situations, but multilingualism doesn’t have to mean indigenous languages are lost. He believes instead that indigenous languages can still be maintained alongside of additional languages in a bilingual or multilingual model, where the indigenous language can still be used in the ways the people choose to use it. With Bradley’s thesis in mind, this paper will explore a ‘translanguaging’ case study trialled at the International School of the Hague from 2011. This multilingual teaching approach will be examined through both theoretical and practical perspectives, demonstrating how domains of L1 language use (minority, indigenous or additional) can be strengthened and preserved within the context of English language instruction
Description: Een colloquium over universitair taalvaardigheidsonderwijs Universiteit Leiden, 2 december 2016, the complete issue can be found at http://hdl.handle.net/1887/57204
Faculty: Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/57207
 

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