Translanguaging in Partial-EMI Secondary Science Classrooms in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnglish-Medium Instruction and Translanguaging
EditorsBethAnne Paulsrud, Zhongfeng Tian, Jeanette Toth
PublisherMultilingual Matters
Chapter7
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781788927338
Publication statusOnline published - 31 Jan 2021

Abstract

The role of translanguaging in second language (L2) learning has been under-researched. However, there is considerable evidence that translanguaging processes are present in English as a medium of instruc- tion (EMI) classrooms (Toth, 2018b; Toth & Paulsrud, 2017). There is also evidence from bilingual classrooms that translanguaging can serve as a pedagogical technique that creates a space in which all learners can draw on their entire linguistic repertoires in acquiring, understanding and demonstrating subject knowledge (García et al., 2017). For example, EMI teachers providing first language (L1) information within an L2 lexis benefits vocabulary retention, and allowing learners to use their L1 in tasks also promotes L2 production (Camó & Ballester, 2015). Many teachers also consider the use of the L1 indispensable for effectively explaining content knowledge in the L2. However, arguments for L1 use in L2 learning run counter to the immersion pedagogy (Lasagabaster, 2013), which posits that using the L1 robs learners of opportunities to infer the meaning of L2 expressions. Given that EMI classrooms are predicated on the benefits of extensive exposure to English, there is a need for a detailed understanding of how translanguaging is used in EMI classroom interactions in Hong Kong.

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Translanguaging in Partial-EMI Secondary Science Classrooms in Hong Kong. / Pun, Jack.

English-Medium Instruction and Translanguaging. ed. / BethAnne Paulsrud; Zhongfeng Tian; Jeanette Toth. Multilingual Matters, 2021.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review