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Translangugaing in 15 Minutes

Any of us who have heard of translanguaging know it takes some real brain power to decipher this new way of looking at languages. Translanguaging scholars ask us to look past the idea of languages as separate things and acknowledge that from a multilingual speaker’s perspective, there is only one language tool box.

In these two helpful videos, Mike Mena breaks down the theory of translanguaging, which is often confused for code switching, to help us rethink the way we view the hierarchies of languages in the US. These videos are a great place to start if you’re new to translanguaging; or even for those more familiar with the idea, it’s a great refresher to make sure we are understanding this revolutionary theory.