Translanguaging as Transformation: The Collaborative Construction of New Linguistic Realities

Edited by: Emilee Moore, Jessica Bradley, James Simpson

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This book examines translanguaging as a resource which can disrupt the privileging of particular voices, and a social practice which enables collaboration within and across groups of people. Addressing the themes of collaboration and transformation, the chapters critically examine how people work together to catalyse change in diverse global contexts, experiences and traditions. The authors suggest an epistemological and methodological turn to the study of translanguaging, which is particularly reflected in the collaborative, arts-based and action research/activist approaches followed in the chapters. The book will be of particular interest to scholars using ethnographic, critical and collaborative action and activist research approaches to the study of multilingualism in educational and creative arts contexts.

This collection of studies constitutes a ground-breaking move towards a much better understanding of translanguaging and its transformative potential in education. The highly creative collaborative projects reported provide a sound empirical basis and clear models for pedagogic intervention that challenge traditional ideas about language and communication.

Josep M. Cots, University of Lleida, Catalonia, Spain

This illuminating and ground-breaking volume sets out to critically advance the paradigm of translanguaging as a collaborative and transformative resource and practice for generating a social justice activism agenda across different communities and contexts. This rich and remarkable collection of detailed empirical studies will give fresh impetus to translanguaging and multilingualism studies.

Gerardo Mazzaferro, University of Turin, Italy

This is a well-crafted and critically astute book that brings together a range of voices in the field of translanguaging. It raises vital questions about how we perceive and work in, with and through languages, providing critical insights into ways people collaborate to bring about new linguistic realities. A powerful book that will have an impact on how we understand, learn and experience languages.

Vicky Macleroy, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

This new publication by Multilingual Matters provides a rich selection of essays that reveal how the transformative potential of translanguaging is inextricably linked with participatory collaborative practice. The editors, who have been involved in exploring translanguaging practices for a number of years, have brought to us a very timely, exciting and wellbalanced collection presenting projects that span geographical locations, spaces of engagement and scholarly traditions.

Language Issues 31.2

Emilee Moore is a Serra Húnter Fellow (Assistant Professor) at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. She co-convenes the AILA Research Network on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics.

Jessica Bradley is a Lecturer in Literacies in the School of Education, University of Sheffield, UK. She co-convenes the AILA Research Network on Creative Inquiry in Applied Linguistics.

James Simpson lectures in Language Education at the School of Education, University of Leeds, UK. He is the co-author of ESOL: A Critical Guide (OUP, 2008, with Melanie Cooke), the editor of The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics (2011), and the co-editor of three further books.

Ofelia García: Foreword: Co-labor and Re-Performances

Jessica Bradley, Emilee Moore and James Simpson: Translanguaging as Transformation: The Collaborative Construction of New Linguistic Realities                                

Part I: Collaborative Relationships            

Mike Baynham: Comment on Part I: Collaborative Relationships

Chapter 1. Margaret R. Hawkins: Toward Critical Cosmopolitanism: Transmodal Transnational Engagements of Youth

Chapter 2. James Simpson: Translanguaging in ESOL: Competing Positions and Collaborative Relationships             

Chapter 3. Sari Pöyhönen, Lotta Kokkonen, Mirja Tarnanen and Maija Lappalainen: Belonging, Trust and Relationships: Collaborative Photography with Unaccompanied Minors

Chapter 4. Camilo Ballena, Dolors Masats and Virginia Unamuno: The Transformation of Language Practices: Notes from the Wichi Community of Los Lotes (Chaco, Argentina)          

Part II: Collaborative Processes 

Adrian Blackledge: Comment on Part II: Collaborative Processes

Chapter 5. Joëlle Aden and Sandrine Eschenauer: Translanguaging: An Enactive-Performative Approach to Language Education           

Chapter 6. Jane Andrews, Richard Fay, Katja Frimberger, Gameli Tordzro and Tawona Sitholé: Theorising Arts-Based Collaborative Research Processes            

Chapter Seven. Jessica Bradley and Louise Atkinson: Translanguaging as Bricolage: Meaning Making and Collaborative Ethnography in Community Arts

Chapter 8. Emilee Moore and Ginalda Tavares: Telling the Stories of Youth: Co-Producing Knowledge across Social Worlds 

Part III: Collaborative Outcomes

Zhu Hua and Li Wei: Comment on Part III: Collaborative Outcomes

Chapter 9. Lou Harvey: Entangled Trans-ing: Co-Creating a Performance of Language and Intercultural Research 

Chapter 10.  Kendall A. King and Martha Bigelow: The Hyper-Local Development of Translanguaging Pedagogies

Chapter 11. Júlia Llompart-Esbert and Luci Nussbaum: Collaborative and Participatory Research for Plurilingual Language Learning          

Chapter 12. Claudia Vallejo Rubinstein: Translanguaging as Practice and as Outcome: Bridging across Educational Milieus through a Collaborative Service-Learning Project               

Angela Creese: Afterword: Starting from the Other End           


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