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Plurilingualism in Teaching and Learning
Complexities Across Contexts

ISBN 9781138228498
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

Assembling a rich and diverse range of research studies on the role of plurilingualism across a wide variety of teaching and learning settings, this book supports teacher reflection and action in practical ways and illustrates how researchers tease out and analyze the complex realities of their educational environments. With a focus on education policies, teaching practices, training, and resourcing, this volume addresses a range of mainstream and specialized contexts and examines the position of learners and teachers as users of plurilingual repertoires. Providing a close look into the possibilities and constraints of plurilingual education, this book helps researchers and educators clarify and strengthen their understandings of the links between language and literacy and offers them new ways to think more rigorously and critically about the language ideologies that shape their own beliefs and approaches in language teaching and learning.

Table of Contents



1 Introduction

Sue Ollerhead, Julie Choi and Mei French

Part I Plurilingual language-in-education policies

2 Provision, policy and reasoning: The pluralisation of the language education endeavor

Joseph Lo Bianco

3 Mother-tongue based multilingual education in the Philippines: Perceptions, problems and possibilities

Priscilla Angela T. Cruz and Ahmar Mahboob

4 Bypassing unrepresentative policies: What do Indigenous Australians say about language education?

Rebecca Hetherington

Part II Plurilingual student repertoires

5 The translingual advantage: Metrolingual student repertoires

Emi Otsuji and Alastair Pennycook

6 An expanded view of translanguaging: Leveraging the dynamic interactions between a young multilingual writer and machine translation software

Sara Vogel, Laura Ascenzi-Moreno, and Ofelia García

7 Keeping the plurilingual insight: Visualising the literacies of out-of-school children in northern Ghana

Brendan Rigby

Part III Plurilingual classroom practices and teacher perspectives

8 Translingual innovation within contact zones: Lessons from Australian and South African schools

Sue Ollerhead, Mastin Prinsloo, and Lara-Stephanie Krause

9 Plurilingualism and agency in language education: The role of dramatic action-oriented tasks

Enrica Piccardo and Angelica Galante

10 The plurilingual life: A tale of high school students in two cities

Brian Davy and Mei French

Part IV

Plurilingualism in higher education contexts

11 Transforming lexicon, transforming industry: University lecturers as language planners in Timor-Leste

Trent Newman

12 Challenging the quiet violence of a powerful language: Translanguaging towards transformative teaching in South African universities

Monica Hendricks and Ntombekhaya Fulani

13 From linguistic preparation to developing a translingual mindset – possible implications of plurilingualism for researcher education

Jane Andrews, Richard Fay and Ross White

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Julie Choi is a Lecturer in Education (Additional Languages) in the Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Sue Ollerhead is a Lecturer in Literacies and English as an Additional Language in the School of Education at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.


"[W]e can gain insights from the multifarious ways in which the authors of the articles collected in this volume have critically engaged with [the] complex issues in each of their diverse contexts. What unifies them is the commitment to a candid and critical discussion of how to serve students’ best interests amidst all these new competing policy discourses and institutional regimes."

--Angel M. Y. Lin, The University of Hong Kong

"Plurilingualism in teaching and learning’s greatest value lies in the range of voices and perspectives it presents, of different people enriching education through language diversity. [...] I highly commend this volume to you as a guide for your investigations into language diversity and how it best fits within your practice. "

--Elizabeth Gunn, Fine Print, the journal of the Victorian Adult Literacy and Basic Education Council