Translanguaging as a transformative act in a reading classroom: perspectives from a Bangladeshi private university

Rafi, Abu Saleh Mohammad, and Morgan, Anne-Marie (2022) Translanguaging as a transformative act in a reading classroom: perspectives from a Bangladeshi private university. Journal of Language, Identity & Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

This study investigated the role of translanguaging pedagogy in reading comprehension of first-year students studying in an English medium classroom of a Bangladeshi private university. Data were collected through classroom observations, pedagogical intervention, focus group discussion with students and a semi-structured interview with the class teacher. The notions of ”translanguaging space” and ”critical instances” were used to analyse the data. The results show that the translanguaging space provided scope in each step of the intervention to maximise the use of the linguistic and semiotic resources of students, putting them at ease, and enhancing epistemic access to and comprehension of complicated English texts. The purposeful design of the lecture, including scaffolding with multilingual words and expressions, and guided reading with Bangla text and topics pertaining to students’ lives, engaged them deeply with the content, while also transforming knowledge and subjectivities about the given topic.

Item ID: 73637
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1532-7701
Keywords: Bangladeshi university, identity construction, language ideologies, language learning, translanguaging pedagogies
Copyright Information: © 2022 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 00:23
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390102 Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390303 Higher education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 50%
16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1603 Teaching and curriculum > 160302 Pedagogy @ 50%
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