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Pefianco-Martin is 2024 BAG Professorial Chair Awardee

The 2024 Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics and Language Education is awarded to Dr. Isabel Pefianco-Martin (Ateneo De Manila University)!

Her BAG Professorial Lecture will be held onsite at Natividad Fajardo-Rosario Gonzalez Auditorium, 18/F Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Hall, De La Salle University, Manila, on February 24 (Saturday), at 10-12 noon.

This lecture is FREE and open to all interested.

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Thoughtful Translanguaging: The Power and Pitfalls of Translanguaging in Education

Dr. Isabel Pefianco-Martin


Translanguaging, the pedagogical practice of drawing on students' full language abilities by strategically switching between languages, has immense potential in language learning if used thoughtfully. Research shows translanguaging can increase engagement, understanding, and sense of identity by affirming students’ home languages alongside the language being learned. However, simply permitting language switching without structure or goals can hamper learning and confuse assessments. Thus the pitfalls. Teachers need to intentionally design activities to maximize the benefits of translanguaging while minimizing the drawbacks. With proper teacher training, materials, assessments and policies to support this approach, translanguaging can lead to deeper learning. Focusing on the Philippines, this presentation examines the power of translanguaging in language education, while also highlighting pitfalls in implementation that can undermine outcomes.


Isabel Pefianco Martin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Management at the Gokongwei Brothers School of Education and Learning Design (GBSEALD) of the Ateneo de Manila University. Prior to this post, she was Professor of sociolinguistics at the English Department of Ateneo de Manila, where she also served as Chair for three terms. Dr Martin is a leading figure in English language studies in the country, having published in various internationally recognized publications on topics ranging from Philippine English, English language education, English sociolinguistics, and forensic/legal linguistics. She is currently the President of the International Association for World Englishes (IAWE) and Managing Editor of Asian Englishes, a Scopus-indexed journal.


About the BAG Professorial Lecture

The Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC Distinguished Professorial Chair in Linguistics and Language Education is hosted by the Linguistic Society of the Philippines (LSP) and is co-presented with the Department of English and Applied Linguistics (DEAL), Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education (BAGCED), De La Salle University.

The BAG Professorial Lecture was established on February 29, 1996, and is managed in perpetuity by the De La Salle University Science Foundation, Inc. to honor an intellectual giant, a distinguished linguist, teacher, scholar, humanist, writer, administrator, a builder of persons and institutions, a man of vision and mission, a doer, a Christian brother, and a Filipino patriot.

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