A pedagogical perspective on the connection between translingual practices and transcultural dispositions in an Anthropology classroom in Bangladesh

Rafi, Abu Saleh Mohammad, and Morgan, Anne-Marie (2022) A pedagogical perspective on the connection between translingual practices and transcultural dispositions in an Anthropology classroom in Bangladesh. International Journal of Multilingualism. (In Press)

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Abstract

The study investigated integrating a combined approach of translingualism and transculturalism in an anthropology content learning classroom of a Bangladeshi private university. Data were collected from classroom observation, a pedagogical intervention, a focus group discussion with six students, and a semi-structured interview with the class teacher. The analysis of the observation data demonstrated several attempts at integrating translingual-transcultural approaches to make sense of anthropology content despite the stipulated English only policy. The intervention data and participant responses revealed a contact zone of diverse cultural and ethical systems to draw on through this translingual-transcultural approach, providing a holistic teaching and learning experience for the researcher and the students. The participants' response revealed a structured linguistic inequality imposed by the English-only policy among different student groups in the focal university. Without the confines of an English only classroom culture, the combined approaches of translingualism and transculturalism supported a classroom environment with reduced discrimination and injustice arising from student backgrounds and English competency. The participants were able to reflect positively on their relationships, investments, and experiences with broadened dispositions involving their fuller semiotic resources, including both language and culture elements.

Item ID: 72619
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1747-7530
Keywords: Transculturalism,English medium instruction,Bangladeshi university,multiculturalism,multilingualism,metalinguistic awareness
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Copyright Information: © 2022 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2022 09:13
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 30%
47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470401 Applied linguistics and educational linguistics @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 30%
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