Translanguaging strategies and pedagogies are growing in popularity within a variety of TESOL contexts. Translanguaging refers to the unique linguistic repertoire of an individual in which there are no clear-cut boundaries to separate languages. Translanguaging pedagogy, therefore, provides opportunities for learners to engage all their linguistic knowledge (metalinguistic and cultural) to participate in the classroom environment, enhance their language skills, and feel that their home languages are valued. This approach to teaching and learning considers additional languages as resources for learning a new language, rather than as a deficit or a hindrance. Drawing on 20 years of experience teaching languages around the world and extensive research in the field, Kelly will highlight the benefits of translanguaging in TESOL contexts and specific considerations, as well as provide examples of translanguaging pedagogies in action. The presentation will include an outline of translanguaging pedagogy, why it is beneficial, and how to implement it in your classroom.
Dr Kelly Shoecraft is an Applied Linguist, currently lecturing in Linguistics and TESOL at Griffith University, Australia. She is a lifelong educator with a passion for languages and cultures. Having lived in Australia, Japan, England, France and Canada, Kelly has extensive experience teaching TESOL in a variety of educational contexts and to all ages. She has taught English to surfing instructors, hairdressers, scientists, CEO’s, young children, as well as academic English in university settings. Her current research interest in translanguaging pedagogies stems from a desire to improve language attitudes in Australia and provide inclusive spaces for all languages, cultures and identities to be valued.