Translanguaging: theoretical and pedagogical implications in the Japanese university ESP classroom

Bartlett, Kevin ORCID: (2022) Translanguaging: theoretical and pedagogical implications in the Japanese university ESP classroom. OnCUE Journal Special Issue, 3 (1). pp. 15-33. ISSN 1882-0220


This research paper describes the findings of a project which explored the implementation of translanguaging approaches in a Japanese ESP-focused university classroom. First, a theoretical overview of translanguaging and the benefits of incorporating learners’ L1 ( Japanese) in the L2 (English) classroom will be provided from the perspectives of psycholinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, and educational praxis. Then, an overview of how translanguaging approaches were incorporated in the Japanese ESP-focused classroom will be explained to show how students’ L1 and L2 can be utilized to increase language retention, communicative output, and motivation. The project involved 90 native-speaking Japanese participants who undertook one of their compulsory English classes in a translanguaging approach and who were asked to write and present about topics related to their science and technology major. Results of this study showed that utilizing a student’s whole linguistic repertoire can increase their motivation, language production, content retention, and cognitive strategies

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2022 23:29
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2022 23:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: translanguaging, classroom pPraxis
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2003 Language Studies > 200303 English as a Second Language
Fields of Research (2020): 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4703 Language studies > 470306 English as a second language

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