Lessons in response-ability: supporting social encounters by 'doing' language

Hirsu, L. (2020) Lessons in response-ability: supporting social encounters by 'doing' language. Language and Intercultural Communication, 20(2), pp. 153-166. (doi: 10.1080/14708477.2020.1722148)

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Abstract

While many language programmes put the responsibility of language learning in the refugees' hands, few have developed approaches where the responsibility of language rests on both sides: with the refugees and the host communities. Building on rhetorical, intercultural and translanguaging theories, I present a peer-education model to show how it facilitated the emergence of social connections in translanguaging spaces. Participants focused on doing language: planning and delivering collective actions in their communities. I conclude by reviewing some of the principles of the programme that enable collective action-driven language response-ability as a process towards sociolinguistic integration. Nombreux programmes linguistiques confient aux réfugiés la responsabilité de l'apprentissage des langues. Rares sont ceux qui ont développé des approches où la responsabilité repose du côté des réfugiés et des communautés d'accueil. Avec le support des theories rhétoriques, interculturelles et de translanguaging, je présente un modèle d'éducation afin de montrer comment faciliter l'émergence de connexions sociales dans des espaces de translanguaging. Les participants se sont concentrés sur la planification et la réalisation d'actions collectives dans leurs communautés. Je conclus en proposant principes du programme qui facilitent la capacité de réponse fondée sur l'action collective en tant que processus d'intégration sociolinguistique.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hirsu, Dr Lavinia
Authors: Hirsu, L.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Language and Intercultural Communication
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1470-8477
ISSN (Online):1747-759X
Published Online:31 January 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor and Francis Group
First Published:First published in Language and Intercultural Communication 20(2):153-166
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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