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Journaling or Creative Writing in L1 and L2
« on: May 13, 2018, 06:55:15 PM »
I took an ESL endorsement class, CI 446 "Culture in the Classroom", this past semester and learned about the topics of translanguaging and code-switching and the benefits of using both L1 and L2 in the classroom.

Some of the benefits of allowing the use of both languages and even inviting the use of the student's home language in the classroom include development of overall literacy, more positive attitude towards and validation of both languages (no hierarchy or belittling of certain languages/cultures), more creativity and freedom in accessing and expressing ideas in writing, and better acquisition of L2.

An idea for an activity to invite students to write in both (or more) languages that they know is personal journaling. Since schools are becoming more diverse in America, it is highly unlikely that the teacher will know all of the languages that his or her students use and so it would be difficult for him or her to grade this activity. I would imagine that this would be more of a participatory grade if graded at all. Some of the writing activities that students could engage in are diary entries, creative writing, poetry, or writing about themselves and reflecting on their personal experiences in language learning. If the teacher writes in this manner and shares their work to the students, this could be a way to raise positive attitudes towards all languages and cultures in the classroom as well.