Introduction to the special issue: On the transgressive nature of translanguaging pedagogies






As translanguaging gains traction in language education, its political and ideological implications are becoming central considerations to researchers and practitioners. In this introductory article to the special issue, “Translingual and Multilingual Pedagogies” for the EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, we provide a conceptual point of departure on the notion of translanguaging by revisiting Li Wei’s (2011) threefold description of its prefix trans- (i.e., transcending, transformative, transdisciplinary), which we expand by adding a new definitional element, transgressive, to reflect our understanding of translanguaging as politically charged and disruptive by virtue. We then move on to provide an overview of the articles and book reviews included in this special issue.

Author Biographies

Josh Prada, Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis

Josh Prada (PhD, Texas Tech University; MA, Birkbeck, University of London) is Assistant Professor of Spanish Applied Linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, in the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in applied linguistics. His research interests are in critical approaches to bilingualism and multilingualism with an emphasis on minority/heritage speakers, complex approaches to language education, and translanguaging.

Tarja Nikula, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Tarja Nikula is Professor at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Her research interests include CLIL classroom interaction, the role of language in learning, and multilingualism in education. She is an editor of Conceptualising Integration in CLIL and Multilingual Education (Multilingual Matters, 2016).



How to Cite

Prada, J., & Nikula, T. (2018). Introduction to the special issue: On the transgressive nature of translanguaging pedagogies. EuroAmerican Journal of Applied Linguistics and Languages, 5(2), 1–7.



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