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Plurilingual Pedagogies

Critical and Creative Endeavors for Equitable Language in Education

  • Sunny Man Chu Lau
  • Saskia Van Viegen

Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Conceptual Shifts in Language Teaching and Learning

  3. Plurilingual Engagements for Critical Literacy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Mario E. López Gopar, William M. Sughrua, Lorena Córdova-Hernández, Beatriz Patricia López Torres, Elvira Ruiz Aldaz, Victor Vásquez Morales
      Pages 97-113
    3. Back Matter
      Pages 137-141
  4. Plurilingual Engagements for Language and Literacy

  5. Plurilingual Engagements for Higher Education

About this book


This book critically engages with theoretical shifts marked by the ‘multilingual turn’ in applied linguistics, and articulates the complexities associated with naming and engaging with the everyday language practices of bi/multilingual communities. It discusses methodological approaches that enable researchers and educators to observe and interact with these communities and to understand their teaching and learning needs. It also highlights pedagogical approaches and instructional strategies involved with learning and teaching language and/or content curriculum to students across various learning and educational contexts.

The book addresses recent debates on the multi/plural turn in applied linguistics and articulates the limitations of these debates - particularly the absence of discussion of social power relations and contexts in applying different theoretical lenses. It features empirical research from primarily North American classrooms to highlight how plurilingual pedagogies take shape in unique educational contexts, resisting monolingual approaches to language in education. Furthermore, it includes commentary/response pieces from established scholars in dialogue with recent plurilingual research in the field, to put the work in critical perspective within extant theories and literature.


second language education/ESL/ bilingual education multiliteracies and multimodalities teacher education ELT and plurilingualism translanguaging for critical bi-literacy Health issues and plurilingualism in the "English" classroom early childhood language education multilingual plurilingual literacies the multilingual turn in applied linguistics

Editors and affiliations

  • Sunny Man Chu Lau
    • 1
  • Saskia Van Viegen
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationBishop’s UniversitySherbrookeCanada
  2. 2.Department of Languages, Literatures and LinguisticsYork UniversityTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Plurilingual Pedagogies
  • Book Subtitle Critical and Creative Endeavors for Equitable Language in Education
  • Editors Sunny Man Chu Lau
    Saskia Van Viegen
  • Series Title Educational Linguistics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Educational Linguistics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-36982-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-36985-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-36983-5
  • Series ISSN 1572-0292
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1656
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 339
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Language Education
    Applied Linguistics
    Learning & Instruction
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In Plurilingual pedagogies: Critical and Creative Endeavors for Equitable Language in Education, complementary contributors fluidly navigate discussion of theoretical constructs framed within practical, real-world research in plurilingual settings. Unique in this sense and others, woven throughout the text are commentaries and discussions from pre-eminent scholars in the fields of language acquisition and applied linguistics. Through exploring studies across age levels, the editors skillfully negotiate between critical scholarship and practical application of plurilingual pedagogies. This volume makes a considerable contribution to critical examination of language(s) (in) education.” (Sarah C.K. Moore, University of Maryland, USA)