Translanguaging, Ubuntu and Multilingual Education in the Global South

DEC 07, 2017 | 4:30 PM TO 6:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




December 07, 2017: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM





Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC)


ARC Seminar: Leketi Makalela: Translanguaging, Ubuntu and Multilingual Education in the Global South: 21st C lessons from African Classrooms

Leketi Makalela
 is a professor of language and literacy education and a founding Director of the Hub for Multilingual Education and Literacies (HuMEL) at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His area of research is on translanguaging where he  questions the validity of boundaries between languages and literacies. He envisions all classroom encounters as transformative spaces where more than one language is used fluidly to enhance knowledge access and affirm multilingual student identities. To this end, he has  developed a language and literacy framework that builds of the African cultural competence of infinite relations of dependency - ubuntu translanguaging, also known as multilanguaging, which  posits that no one language is complete without the other.  As a community builder he trains  in-service teachers, lecturers and community stakeholders on alternative pedagogies and epistemologies to effect system wide change in schools. As a public speaker advocating for social change through literacy, he released a series of talks on Feeding Children's Minds with Words. His books include New Directions in Language and Literacy Education  for Multilingual Learners in Africa (2015); Multilanguaging, Decolonization and Education in the Global South: Shifting Lenses (2017); New Multilingual Practices in Post-Apartheid South Africa (2018).