The Deliverance of Bilingual Education: Translanguaging

Educating Children in a Sheltered Environment

Message from 

Dr. Ofelia Garcia        

September 24, 2012

One writes and never knows whether one is heard. It's good to know you have. I like your idea of "shelter" for bilingual education. It moves it from Sheltered English and captures the idea of protecting the temple which is the child, which is what the image of the banyan tree at Angkor connotes. How about:

If we truly set out to educate every child in the US, we would ensure that all their language practices were used and nurtured. The leveraging of the complex language practices of bilingual children, their translanguaging, is important to shelter their childhood, while developing their capacities to  contribute to our global future.

Ofelia García
Ph.D. Programs in Urban Education
Graduate Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York  10016

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