Expanding Linguistic, Cultural, and Literacies Toolkits: Engaging Diversity in Traditional and Virtual Learning Spaces

By Leanne Margaret Boschman and Meilan Piao Ehlert.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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The purpose of our paper is to call for a deeper understanding of the complexity and multiplicity in today’s dynamic educational contexts. We consider that diversity is an essential component of contemporary classrooms, particularly in terms of cultures, languages, and literacy practices. In particular, the authors are interested in the way that bilingual and plurilingual learners use language as a mobile resource moving through virtual worlds and how this mobility and flexibility may be applied to e-learning tools and a range of traditional pedagogical tools. The learning or reflective journal is considered, in particular, in terms of the ways that it could be framed by multiliteracies and critical literacies approaches, mother-tongue based multilingual education, and translingual practices. The researchers base this paper on ethnographic research that includes interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, and document analysis and find that the traditional classroom journal could become a digital domain in which learners’ sociocultural and linguistic repertoires could serve as a starting point for fostering a classroom culture of inclusion and that these repertoires might be drawn from forms of family and community-of-origin discourses, popular culture, digital domains, and other hybrid discourse landscapes through which learners travel.

Keywords: Multiliteracies, Plurilingualism, Multilingual Education, Learning Journal

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 14, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.35-47. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 25, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 759.720KB)).

Dr. Leanne Margaret Boschman

Sessional Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Site Assistant, Centre for Education, Law, and Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Meilan Piao Ehlert

PhD Candidate, Languages, Cultures and Literacies Program, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Sessional Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada