Readings - Materializing Transligualism

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The following readings are a small sample of texts teachers can use for courses and lessons for the topics of translanguaging, language hybridity or code-switching, multiple Englishes, non-standard Englishes, language, identity and power, and the history of colonialism on language practices. We have organized the readings in their similar topics and groups, although they can be organized in different ways, of course. Click on the title to begin downloading the article or be sent to a library search page.

Politics, Language, and Education:

    Minute on Indian Education (1835)

    Lisa Delpit, Language Diversity and Learning

    Min-Zhan Lu, From Silence to Words: Writing as Struggle

    Writing Across Borders (Documentary)

Language, Identity, and Power:

    Gloria Anzaldua, How to Tame a Wild Tongue

    Amy Tan, Mother Tongue

    Nancy Schniedewind and Ellen Davidson, Linguicism

    Clyde W. Ford, Develop Cross-Cultural Communication Skills


Translanguaging and Multiple Englishes:

    NPR’s How Code-Switching Explains the World

Speaking in Tongues by Zadie Smith (audio)

    John Kasaipwalova, Betel Nut is Bad Magic for Airplanes

    Mutabaruka, Dis Poem