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Language in epistemic access: mobilising multilingualism and literacy development for more equitable education in South Africa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Swedish Language and Multilingualism, Centre for Research on Bilingualism.
2015 (English)In: Language and Education, ISSN 0950-0782, E-ISSN 1747-7581, Vol. 29, no 3, 177-185 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article is the guest editors’ introduction to the special issue ‘Language in Epistemic Access: Mobilising Multilingualism and Literacy Development for More Equitable Education in South Africa’. The issue offers complementary perspectives on improving epistemic access for all learners but especially those whose home language does not match the language of learning. Plüddemann examines the complex configurations of ideological and structural factors in South African language policy processes and the diverse positions taken up by teachers in response. Makalela argues that a methodology that encourages translanguaging can overcome historical separations between groups and promote transformative pedagogies. Probyn points to the importance of principled ‘pedagogical translanguaging’ in the mediation of secondary school science knowledge. Kerfoot and Van Heerden illustrate the substantial benefits of Systemic Functional Linguistic genre-based pedagogies for second or additional language writing in the middle years. White, Mammone and Caldwell in Australia offer evidence that similar benefits were maintained over six years for learners who faced both socio-economic and linguistic disadvantage in schools. Finally, Cummins and Heugh offer expansive perspectives on the issue. The editors argue that dynamic plurilingual pedagogies can be allied with the explicit scaffolding of genre-based pedagogies to help redress asymmetries in epistemic access.

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2015. Vol. 29, no 3, 177-185 p.
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epistemic access, second language education, multilingualism, translanguaging, language policy, second language writing, literacy
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128335DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2014.994522OAI: diva2:914145
Available from: 2016-03-23 Created: 2016-03-23 Last updated: 2016-09-13Bibliographically approved

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