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Los pájaros are feliz and are dreaming about gwiazdy: facilitating translingual creative writing in the primary classroom

Barbour, Catherine and Lickorish Quinn, Karina (2020) Los pájaros are feliz and are dreaming about gwiazdy: facilitating translingual creative writing in the primary classroom English in Education, 54 (1). pp. 6-26.

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Although one in five state-educated children in England speaks a language other than English at home, there is little space in the National Curriculum for the expression of this linguistic heritage. In this article, we make the case for facilitating multilingualism in the primary classroom through translingual creative writing, which involves mixing two or more languages. We draw on empirical research with a class of lower Key Stage 2 children of diverse linguistic backgrounds and abilities at a school in south London. The pupils were set the task of writing a poem that combined English with other languages so that we could observe how they engaged with the process of translanguaging. We suggest that translingual writing exercises in the classroom provide a range of benefits, including the creation of a space for the valorisation of children’s cultural capital; the facilitation of valuable peer-teaching and collaboration; freedom to explore playfulness with language; and a chance to experiment with and reflect on creative writing processes.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Lickorish Quinn, Karina
Date : 7 January 2020
Funders : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
DOI : 10.1080/04250494.2019.1703553
Copyright Disclaimer : © National Association for the Teaching of English. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in English in Education on 07 January 2020, available online:
Additional Information : This research was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Open World Research Initiative (OWRI), Translingual Strand “Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community”. For further information on the project, see “OWRI Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community Translingual Strand”
Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 31 Jan 2020 10:41
Last Modified : 14 Feb 2020 12:35

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