Workshop - Enhancing participation through translanguaging: home languages as a resource in basic literacy training
Translingual pedagogies are making their way into classrooms in different educational contexts. In these types of pedagogies, students’ existing skills in languages other than the one studied are utilized as a resource for learning and teaching in linguistically diverse classrooms. Incorporating students’ existing language skills into instruction can promote learning and increase student engagement, but there are no one-size-fits-all solutions that would fit any group or any classroom situation.
The workshop provides a hands-on opportunity to discuss and innovate ways of incorporating translingual pedagogies especially into classroom contexts where students’ previous educational background and literacy skills might be limited. The workshop involves working in small groups on an assignment and sharing and discussing the results with other participants in the end of the workshop.
Irina Piippo, PhD is a researcher at the Department of Finnish, Finno-Ugrian and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Helsinki. Her current research examines second language socialization especially in Arabic-speaking diaspora in Helsinki metropolitan area.
Marjut Heikkinen, Zakhar Kuzmin and Kristiina Spolander. FSL and literacy teachers i Axxell Utbildning Ab, Helsinki Finland. I Axxell MKK ordnas yrkesutbildning och integrationsutbildning för vuxna invandrare.