Translingual Practices in English Language Teaching


in: Current Discussions on Foreign/Second Language Education, Bardakçı M., Ünaldı İ., Editor, Pegem Akademie Verlag, Ankara, pp.131-139, 2021

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Publisher: Pegem Akademie Verlag
  • City: Ankara
  • Page Numbers: pp.131-139
  • Editors: Bardakçı M., Ünaldı İ., Editor
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


This chapter will first define translingualism in its own niche carved in the gallery of various language teaching and learning theories or trends. Then, we will be informed about the discussions of core issues and practices that re-enact this trend in various places worldwide. Translingualists reject monolingualism and its dominating role in research and curriculum. Perceiving monolingualists’ attempts to organize research and practice in a confining manner and labeling such practices repressive, restrictive, and compartmentalizing, translingualists offer new ways of seeing and applying mainly second, but also foreign language curricula, in a more natural, progressive, and practical manner. This chapter concludes that translingualism accepts language use as a form of resistance to various power relationships that characterize and affect language teaching.