Kobe JALT:

Translanguaging in the Japanese EFL Classroom: Presentation, Workshop and Discussion

Date: Saturday, June 17th, 2023 Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Blake Turnbull (Otani University), Kevin Bartlett (Mukogawa Women's University)

Presentation (Blake Turnbull): Throughout the past two decades, translanguaging has emerged as a buzzword in applied linguistic research, but to this day it remains one of the most misunderstood and misused terms in the field. This presentation will examine translanguaging as a theory of language from its conceptual origins to its theoretical application in the (Japanese) EFL classroom. A particular focus will be placed on the importance of differentiating between translanguaging and code switching and the effect this distinction has on students' learning, identity, and social justice in the classroom.

Workshop (Kevin Bartlett): This workshop will introduce participants to translanguaging theory and praxis. An overview of translanguaging and how it can assist in developing L2 language competence will be provided, with an overview of how I incorporated translanguaging and CLIL approaches in university classes to promote communicative competence, critical thinking, and research skills. Participants will work in groups to explore how to incorporate translanguaging within their own classrooms and work environments (at various educational levels) and explore what benefits and hindrances may be perceived by doing so.

Organization: Kobe Chapter of the Japan Association for Language Teaching (Kobe JALT)

Cost: JALT Members: free
Non-members: 1,000 yen

Venue: Kobe Gakuin University MINT KOBE (17th floor) Hyogo, Kobe,Chuo-ku, Koumoi-dori 7-1-1

Location: Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan


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