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  • Oi Antonio, how are you doing today?
  • Estou indo bem! How was your wekend, bom?
  • ESOL Counselor
  • Lydia, do you know why some of my emergent bilingual students are speaking English and Portugues in class.
  • I thought Code switching meant they only speak one language at a time.
  • ESOL
  • Unlike the theory of code switching, students always have access to their full language repertoire and don't simply switch from speaking one language to another.
  • ESOL
  • I think what you are observing is called Translanguaging.
  • Speakers of more than one language often speak both languages interchangeably.
  • I'v been asking the students to only use English in class because I though it would help them learn faster. Should I stop doing this?
  • Oh so it's sort of like Spanglish then!
  • Definitely don't tell students to stop speaking their home languages.
  • ESOL
  • Try doing some research on translanguaging pedagogy.I think you will find your emergent bilingual students will learn much more when they can utilize their entire language arsenal in class.
  • I will look into that, thank you for the wonderful advice and information Lydia!
  • ESOL
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