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Harnessing the potential of translanguaging in Tanzanian secondary education

Daniel Sidney Fussy (Department of Educational Foundations and Management, Mkwawa University College of Education (A Constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam), Iringa, United Republic of Tanzania)
Hassan Iddy (Department of Educational Psychology and Curriculum Studies, Mkwawa University College of Education (A Constituent College of the University of Dar es Salaam), Iringa, United Republic of Tanzania)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 19 April 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore motives behind teachers' and students' use of translanguaging and how they use it in Tanzanian public secondary school classrooms.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using interviews and non-participant observations.

Findings

The findings indicate that translanguaging was used to facilitate content comprehension, promote classroom interaction and increase students' motivation to learn. Translanguaging was implemented using three strategies: paraphrasing an English text into Kiswahili, translating an English text into its Kiswahili equivalent and word-level translanguaging.

Practical implications

By highlighting the motivations for translanguaging and corresponding strategies associated with translanguaging pedagogy in the Tanzanian context, this study has significant practical implications for teachers and students to showcase their linguistic and multimodal knowledge, while fostering a safe learning space that relates to students' daily experiences.

Originality/value

The study offers new insights into previous research on the role of language-supportive pedagogy appropriate for teachers and students working within bi-/multilingual education settings.

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Citation

Fussy, D.S. and Iddy, H. (2024), "Harnessing the potential of translanguaging in Tanzanian secondary education", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/QRJ-02-2024-0020

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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