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tutoring, multilingual learners, translingualism


This presentation explores how Sheridan College’s Tutoring Centre, in collaboration with ESL and Communications faculty, is building capacity for a meaningful culture shift in how our Tutoring Centre addresses multilingual learners.

Inspired by Translingualism research, faculty members collaborated with our tutors to deepen their understanding of Student needs and enrich the tutors’ practice through exposure to SoTL literature and Translingual approaches.

Translingual Theory argues for an approach that (1) honors the power of all language users to shape language to specific ends, (2) recognizes the linguistic heterogeneity of all users of language both in the United States and globally, and (3) directly confronts English monolingualist expectations by researching and teaching how writers can work with and against, not simply within, those expectations (Horner, Lu, Royster, & Trimbur, 2011, p. 305).

The presentation will provide an introduction to Translingual theory and practice, as well as an overview of the first phase of the project. Highlights will include the project rationale, framework, initial successes and long-term goals of this approach, including the ongoing development of a “tutor manual” that will be expanded and edited by future tutors to reflect a truly responsive text that evolves with experience.


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Library and Learning Services

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