Plurilingualism and translanguaging: emergent approaches and shared concerns. Introduction to the special issue

Claudia Vallejo, Melinda Dooly

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This special issue includes texts by some of the most currently prominent scholars in the fields of plurilingualism and translanguaging. Coming from diverse geographical and cultural contexts, the authors were invited to share their perspectives on the evolution of plurilingualism, translanguaging and their relation to language teaching and learning. The articles in this special issue illustrate the varied and exciting possibilities that can be afforded by these approaches that aim to locate speakers’ fluent, hybrid, multimodal and creative communicative practices at the centre of research and practice. The texts also underscore key commonalities and divergences which demonstrate that these frameworks are best analysed, compared or applied after first acknowledging that they emerge from different research traditions and socio-political backgrounds. Perhaps most importantly, the articles demonstrate that as long as socioeducational inequalities persist there is need for reflection, expansion and complementary actions, especially since both approaches share an interest in social and educational transformation of current models of bi/multilingual education around the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • didactics of plurilingualism
  • language education
  • Plurilingualism
  • translanguaging
  • translanguaging pedagogy


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