New Perspectives on Translanguaging and Education Edited by: BethAnne Paulsrud, Jenny Rosén, Boglárka Straszer, Ĺsa Wedin

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16 May 2017
Multilingual Matters
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This edited collection explores the immense potential of translanguaging in educational settings and highlights teachers and students negotiating language ideologies in their everyday communicative practices. It makes a significant contribution to scholarship on translanguaging and considers the need for pedagogy to reflect and embrace diversity. The chapters provide rich empirical research and document translanguaging in varied educational contexts, with studies from pre-school to adult education in different, mainly European, countries, where English is not the dominant language. Together they expand our understanding of translanguaging and how it can be applied to a variety of settings. This book will be of interest to students and researchers, especially in education, language education and applied linguistics, as well as to professionals and policymakers.


This valuable and original volume is essential reading for all engaged in the field of translanguaging in education and the wider social context. Each chapter provides significant insight into current translanguaging practices in various educational contexts and beyond, and valuably paves the way for further exploration of the evolution of translanguaging in a global age.

- Bryn Jones, Prifysgol Bangor University, UK

This book moves the study of translanguaging pedagogy out of the shadows of English-speaking contexts and into predominantly Nordic lights. Paulsrud, Rosén, Straszer and Wedin elegantly crack open how language has been used to discriminate in schools, and provide us with a translanguaging space filled with tension, but also with liberating possibilities for diverse voices.

- Ofelia García, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA

This book is absolutely fascinating and I would highly recommend it to any person who is working with bilingual children whether in a crèche, a primary school, a secondary school or any other educational groups and/or associations welcoming bilinguals. It gives a new light on translanguaging with examples from the English-speaking world and Scandinavian countries mostly. Those can be applied anywhere.

- Jeux 2 Langues - Isabelle Barth - O'Neill

Author Biography:

BethAnne Paulsrud is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research on Bilingualism at Stockholm University, Sweden. Her research interests include multilingualism and language policy in education, English-medium instruction and linguistic ethnography.

Jenny Rosén is Assistant Professor in Language Education at Stockholm University, Sweden, and her research interests include multilingualism in educational settings, diversity and identity.

Boglárka Straszer is Assistant Professor in Swedish as a Second Language, Dalarna University, Sweden, and her research interests include multilingualism in various immigrant and minority language settings, language attitudes and identity.

Ĺsa Wedin is Professor in Educational Work at Dalarna University, Sweden, and her research interests include literacy and multilingualism.

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Postgraduate, Research / Professional, Undergraduate

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