The Future of Education

Edition 14

Accepted Abstracts

Silence, Murmurs, & Voice: Translanguaging in an Era of Disciplinary Language

Aída Nevárez-La Torre, Fordham University Graduate School of Education (United States)


It is argued that language, both oral and in writing, is central to learning (Lahey, 2017) in an increasingly globalized and digitalized world (de Oliveira & Smith, 2019). Cognitivism and constructivism theoretical perspectives stress talking and dialogue as key to learning (Darling-Hammond, et al., 2019). They contend that interactions between teachers and learners and among student peers where they provide one another feedback as well as receive it, promote brain development, enhance metacognitive skills, and offer an increase of opportunities to strengthen learners’ self-concept and stimulate their socio-emotional maturity. In this presentation the researcher will discuss a qualitative study of four cases where multilingual students are silent in different content lessons, arguing that this promotes a loss of learning. The cases are analyzed using a raciolinguistic theoretical lens (Flores & Rosa, 2015) to uncover that what is voiced in the classroom is at the expense of the silence of some students, or what Skutnabb-Kangas & Phillipson (1989) denoted as linguism and Flores (2019) identified as linguistic marginalization. The researcher will argue that teachers must break the silence of these students when learning content through language, by validating their rich and diverse linguistic repertoire while augmenting their fluency in acquiring the discipline-based register. Translanguaging as a pedagogical tool to promote language use conducive to learning will be explored. I will argue that to reframe language use to learn content in multilingual classrooms equitably, educators, both teachers and administrators, must assume a language-as-a-resource ideology, that views language as a human right and as an asset to the learning process.


Keywordscontent learning; language-as-a resource; translanguaging; multilingual students; silence; linguistic marginalization



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Flores, N., & Rosa, J. (2015). Undoing appropriateness: Raciolinguistic ideologies and language diversity in education. Harvard Educational Review, 85(2), 149-171. 8055.85.2.149

Lahey, T. (2017). Collaborating to address the challenge of academic language. Journal of Teacher Education, 68(3), 239-250.

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