Translanguaging as a Practical Theory of Language

This article seeks to develop Translanguaging as a theory of language and discuss the theoretical motivations behind and the added values of the concept. I contextualize Translanguaging in the linguistic realities of the 21st century, espe- cially the fluid and dynamic practices that transcend the boundaries between named languages, language varieties, and language and other semiotic systems. I highlight the contributions Translanguaging as a theoretical concept can make to the debates over [...]

Language and superdiversity

This paper explores the scope for research on language and superdiversity. Following a protracted process of paradigm shift, sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology are well placed to engage with the contemporary social changes associated with superdiversity. After a brief introductory discussion of what superdiversity entails, the paper outlines key theoretical and methodological developments in language study: named languages have now been denaturalized, the linguistic is treated as [...]

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. In this TED Talk video, novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. About the speaker: Inspired by Nigerian history and tragedies all but forgotten by recent generations of westerners, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novels and stories are jewels in the crown of [...]

Decoloniality at school, from the perspective of school leaders

English language teacher, who worked in teacher training, and library manager, who gave a new role to the library space, share their experiences

My experience: The challenge of involving teachers in the decolonial approach

Ruan Nunes, English language teacher, who worked with monitoring interns and teacher training in language schools and the municipal network of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)

My experience: Library as a space for debate and exchange of information

Ivanilma de Oliveira Gama, substitute head at the library of the Federal Centre for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Cefet-RJ), in Rio de Janeiro, Itaguaí campus

Decolonial approach brings a critical look at the teaching of the English language

By giving space and voice to productions from countries considered peripheral, students learn to value this knowledge, understand the wider meaning of studying a foreign language and bridge the gap between global debates and their local realities

Dyslexia, Bilingualism, and Learning a Second Language: dyslexia in bilinguals and second language learners

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability and has been the object of much research published in books, chapters, and articles. Unfortunately, we know much less about dyslexia in bilinguals, in second language learners, or in students schooled in a second language. The latter can be in immersion or bilingual school programs or can come from minority language groups being educated in the majority language. In this interview, Psychology Today talked to Dr. Fred Genesee, Professor [...]

Dyslexia: Language and childhood

People with dyslexia around the world reveal the challenges of growing up and working with this condition. We also hear from scientists and educators working at the cutting edge of dyslexia learning and research. Reading and writing are fundamental tools in most societies, necessary for even the most basic of tasks. For the person with dyslexia this can cause an agonising disjuncture from an early age. Many dyslexic people will recall the difficulties of decoding words, the horror of the [...]

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