Faculty Book: Ofelia García

Ofelia García and Li Wei

Translanguaging: Language, Bilingualism and Education
(Palgrave Pivot, 2013)
The emergence over the last ten years of the analytic concept “translanguaging” has had a major influence on the field of applied linguistics. This book addresses how it has contributed to our understandings of language, bilingualism, and education. The authors review the ways bilingualism, plurilingualism, and multilingualism have been conceptualized in the past as well as the traditional view of bilingual education; they then trace the development of the translanguaging approach, which considers the language practices of bilinguals as one linguistic repertoire rather than two autonomous language systems. The “trans” approach to both language and education can liberate traditional understandings; the book explores the innovative ideas that can result. Ofelia García is a professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages and urban education at the Graduate Center.

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Submitted on: MAR 18, 2014

Category: Faculty Books | Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures | Urban Education