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The Translingual Approach in the Classroom


These OWL resources give an overview of the origins and tenants of translingual writing, as well as ideas on how instructors might implement translingual approaches to their lesson plans and curriculum. The section on assessment gives writing instructors some suggestions for how to give feedback and talk to students about their work. In addition, this set of resources offers some foundational texts on the theory of translingual writing and a history of its scholarly progression. 

Contributors:Zhaozhe Wang
Last Edited: 2017-10-12 04:04:20

Designing a Curriculum Using a Translingual Writing Approach

Designing a curriculum based on a translingual approach requires the instructor to rethink the writing classroom as a site of negotiation as opposed to prescription. Here, the OWL offers several suggestions for instructors to consider when incorporating the translingual approach into the curriculum based on three pedagogical purposes:

Here are some suggestions for using translingual writing as a syllabus approach:

Here are also some suggestions for how to use translingual writing as a theme in the course:

If however, you would like to focus an assignment on translingual writing, instead of an entire course, here are some suggestions:

Feedback on Student Writing

Responding to student writing within a translingual paradigm requires students’ active engagement in the process and teachers’ willingness to negotiate with the student.

Assessment of Student Writing

Assessing student writing within a translingual paradigm calls for special attention to what to assess as well as how to assess it, which necessitates a revamp of the assessment rubrics from a traditional monolingual paradigm.

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