Multilingual authors ‘standing taller’ in arts-rich translanguaging spaces
15 February 2024, 4:30pm – 5:30pm, Online
In this presentation, we will begin by sharing a case study of an arts-rich book making experience facilitated by community organisation, Kids’ Own Publishing, to examine how children’s semiotic, knowledge and identity resources interact to support them to create and sustain meaning making flow and to express unique authorial voices. From this starting point, we worked collaboratively with Kids’ Own to design a 6 week arts-rich bookmaking experience for Year 4 EAL students to foster students’ identities as resourceful multilingual writers. The second part of this session will explore the elements that supported the development of students’ multilingual writers’ identities: the creation of a translanguaging space, the use of arts experiences to lead language interactions, the explicit introduction of translanguaging in a multimodal arts-rich space, and opportunities to apply translanguaging as multilingual writers. We will demonstrate how the playful multimodal opportunities for meaning making facilitated by arts-rich experiences can support students to build identities as multilingual writers by providing a variety of multimodal entry points to that identity.
Dr Julie Choi
Dr Julie Choi is Senior Lecturer in Education (Additional Languages) and leads the Master of TESOL and Master of Modern Languages Education courses in the Faculty of Education, University
of Melbourne. She is co-editor and author of multiple books on language, culture, identity, autoethnography, plurilingualism, and academic writing.
Dr Rafaela Cleeve Gerkens
Dr Rafaela Cleeve Gerkens is a primary teacher and lecturer in Language and Literacy and Arts Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Melbourne. Her research areas include
drama-rich pedagogy for learning across the curriculum and arts-rich experiences to support development of children’s critical language awareness.