Language Education for Social Justice. 37th Conference for Applied Language Studies,

June 1-3, 2021, Jyväskylä, Finland: Translanguaging for Equal Opportunities (workshop, 120 Min)


Foundation for Endangered Languages Annual Conference: FEL24

23 September 2020–25 September 2020, hosted by the University College London: Teaching and Learning Resources for Romani in Central Europe: Overcoming Standardisation


Online Project Event hosted by the University of Jyväskylä

Participants organized a 2-day webinar with the title “Defining and analysing translanguaging classroom moments”. The online intensive study event was hosted by the University of Jyväskylä on 21 and 22 September 2020. The study programme aimed to help the training of senior student fellows. The webinar started by János Imre Heltai and Bernadett Jani-Demetriou. They introduced the main goals of the event with regards to the project’s specific context and its approach to translanguaging. Then, Teppo Jakonen, Tamás Péter Szabó & Petteri Laihonen (University of Jyväskylä) had their presentations about translanguaging in the classroom; the main pedagogical principles and guidelines for observation. In the second part of the webinar, participants focused on developing skills to observe and interpret translanguaging moments in the framework of a hands-on workshop on video recorded data. During this session, all participants had the opportunity for taking an active part in the discussion of the data. On the second day of the webinar, Eszter Tarsoly (UCL) summarized the discussions of the previous day and welcomed Prof. Li Wei (UCL) who gave a presentation with the title The Translanguaging Challenge. After the presentation, general discussion took place in reflection to the presentation. Presenters had the chance to present their specific aspects that emerge from their research and all participants had the opportunity to ask questions from Li Wei.

Project Event in Nyitra

Between 2nd and 5th March 2020 partners organized the first transnational learning event entitled „The successful mentor teacher: Dialogicity and reflective evaluation” at Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. The event aimed to develop participants’ skills for mentoring teacher trainees during the project and contribute to a successful transfer of their translanguaging stance.

Dr Szabó introduced the program with a short workshop about ideologies, language ideologies and reflexivity, with special regard to the physical environment of learning and linguistic landscape issues. Hereinafter, Dr Majzik-Lichtenberger took the lead of the program and participants discussed relationships of mentoring, reflexivity and translanguaging stance. Teachers offered insights in their daily translanguaging experiments and connected them with new challenges of mentoring activities.

Project member also visited some lessons in our partner school in Szímő, Slovakia. Proficient participants from Tiszavasvári, Hungary and newcomers from Szímő discussed their experiences, difficulties and successes regarding the introduction of translanguaging orientation in a new school environment and a different linguistic situation.

Returning to the university workshops, participants discussed possibilities of translanguaging pedagogy in extracurricular activities (Dr Bárdi) and reviewed important issues of Roma policy in Slovakia (Dr Vančo).

Student Traniees Teaching Experience in Tiszavasvári

Between March 2 and 5 2020, nine university students from Karoli Gaspar University travelled to Tiszavasvári in order to take part in everyday life and education in Magiszter Primary School in Tiszavasvári and to give replacement lessons for the colleagues being in Nitra in the same time. Forming groups of twos and threes, students held classes and sessions to the children in the school, including morning lessons, outside activities and interactive afternoon tasks. During the various programs and exercises, translanguaging was in the main focus: the bilingual students in the school were encouraged to use their own language resources without restrictions. This attitude helped them to take part in the lessons more actively and provided opportunities of self-expression for those who can speak more comfortably in this way.

This participation in Magiszter’s everydays and classes provided a deeper insight into the school’s life and provided inspiring examples of the power of translanguaging in education and its delightful consequences.

Kick Off Meeting in Tiszavasvári

In our kick off meeting in Tiszavasvári participants became familiar with local Roma people and the Romani way of speaking in Tiszavasvári. They discussed the main theoretical points of translanguaging as a concept and a pedagogical tool.

As Erika Lévai-Kerekes, school principal, noted, as they began to apply translanguaging in everyday school work a few years ago, tha main aim drew up by teachers was to reach better Hungarian competencies with the help of the new practices and orientation. However, experiences highlighted the transformative power of translanguaging: the role of everyday Romani resources has been re-positioned as they became part of school learning acivities: today they have the joyful task to manage the new power relations of the related languages.