The translanguaging workshop was organised by the University of Birmingham in collaboration with the universities of Leeds, Cardiff, London, Birbeck, and the university of Cape Town. There were 46 delegates from 21 countries and 33 institutions. The workshop was aimed at theorising translanguaging and superdiversity, exchanging research practice, exploring methodological innovation and developing networks of support, among others. Dr Boakye had the opportunity to interact with colleagues from various institutions who are working in the area of translanguaging.
Colleagues from various UK universities such as the universities of Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Wales and London presented on the various contexts of translanguaging use. The use of translanguaging as a pedagogical tool to enhance learning was embraced by all delegates. Prof Madiba, co-ordinator of the Multilingualism project at the University of Cape Town, presented a practical lecture-room situation in a video recording of UCT students engaged in translanguaging for meaning making and for learning purposes. His presentation was titled, Translanguaging as an alternative pedagogic strategy for South African universities. Dr McKinney, also from UCT, presented on Translanguaging as a decolonial approach to language in education.
On the last day of the workshop Dr Boakye and colleagues from UCT, Rhodes University and the University of Limpopo presented the highlights of their research on translanguaging in a panel discussion. Dr Boakye shared on Multilingual pedagogy in higher education: Lecturers’ perceptions of translanguaging in promoting academic literacy.