Digital Translanguaging in Singapore: A Review of Linguistic Resources Utilized by Singaporean Students and the Potential for Collaborative Examination to Improve Language Learning

Project Number
SUG 18/15 RSR

Project Duration
February 2016 - August 2017

Status
In-Progress

Abstract
While there is substantial research documenting the possibilities of drawing on student vernacular language use and informal digital literacy practices to improve language development among at-risk students, there is a lack of understanding how such connections can be done effectively in the classroom, especially in the Singaporean context. This SUG will support the first phase of a research project seeking to address this gap in the literature. With this support, I will undertake a landscape analysis of practical issues on the ground, a review of literature, ongoing discussion with content experts, the assembling of a research team, and forging connections with school administrators, classroom teachers, community leaders, and MOE personnel. The output of this phase includes adequate background research, a detailed plan, a research site, and ongoing collaborative relationships with research partners, including the youth participants themselves. These objectives will lead to a manuscript for submission to a top tier journal and contribute to grant proposals during the upcoming OER ERFP calls to support the second phase of the project. The broader goal of the research project is to create and assess the effectiveness of a scalable intervention that fosters biliteracy development of at-risk Singaporean youth through intensive collaborative research on their community’s digital literacy practices with a focus on translanguaging, collaborative data collection and analyses of youth digital and research practices, and design sessions with the youth and their educators to develop solutions informed by existing design principles and community realities.

Funding Source
MOE

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