Exploring translanguaging: a case study of a madrasah in Tower Hamlets


Hassan, N. and Ahmed, Kamal 2015. Exploring translanguaging: a case study of a madrasah in Tower Hamlets. Research in Teacher Education. 5 (2), pp. 23-28. https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.4763
AuthorsHassan, N. and Ahmed, Kamal

This paper is motivated by the empowering experience of one of the authors
in a madrasah (private Islamic secondary school) setting where translanguaging
was applied as a teaching and learning tool during analytical exegesis of
historical sources. This positive experience subsequently provided the stimuli
for the authors to explore the wider mainstream potential of translanguaging
as a strategy to engage and extend bilingual and multilingual learners. This case
study aims to investigate how multilingual competencies in a madrasah in Tower
Hamlets, an east London borough, are utilised through translanguaging to teach
the core content of the curriculum. Research has demonstrated the positive
impacts of bi/multilingual learning in England (Kenner et al. 2008) and America
(Thomas & Collier 2002); this case study will aim to expand on previous research
by demonstrating how a variety of languages can be and are being employed
effectively within classroom environments in the supplementary sector by
observing how teachers and students combine and alternate between Arabic,
Urdu, Sylheti and English to engage with the curriculum content.

JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation5 (2), pp. 23-28
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15123/PUB.4763
Web address (URL)http://www.uel.ac.uk/rite
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PrintNov 2015
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Deposited28 Jan 2016
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