Our Students: Learning to Listen to Multilingual Student Voices

Back to Structuring Equality Our Students: Learning to Listen to Multilingual Student Voices by Joshua Belknap   Local Context: Monolingual Assumptions, Multilingual Dialogues “Help me come up w/a plan?” read the email from my department chair, “ESL students are getting short-changed.” Beneath this terse entreaty she had forwarded along a message written by a Music and Art Department professor to […]

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Translingualism: Linguistic Multiplicity as Asset Rather than Deficit

Sometimes teachers—myself included— fail to value or even acknowledge the variety of Englishes that our students bring into our classrooms, and when this happens I would argue that we miss an opportunity to engage with and teach our students more effectively. Instructors who begin to familiarize themselves with global, multilingual contexts of English are better able to draw upon their […]

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