5 Ways Translanguaging Affirms Our ELLs Identity with Guest Tevia Tovares


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Have you heard about the new, hot topic, translanguaging? If not, don’t worry! Today we are talking all about it! Tevia Tovares is joining us today to share her experience with translanguaging and how she encourages translanguaging in the classroom.

We know how important it is to create a safe, comfortable, and inclusive atmosphere for our ELLs. In order to do this, we must allow our students opportunities to express themselves both in English and in their native language. This is exactly what our guest, Tevia, is sharing with us today. In this episode, we are talking about how Tevia creates a welcoming classroom atmosphere, what translanguaging is and why it’s important, and how to start encouraging translanguaging in your classroom.

Tevia Tovares is a third generation teacher who has been in the classroom 20 years.  She holds a Master’s in International Education, is a member of the International Baccalaureate Educator Network and is currently teaching 5th grade at the Metropolitan School of Panama where she has been teaching for 10 years.  She loves learning about new things and challenging herself.  In her spare time she enjoys quality time with her husband, family and friends, as well as baking, acting, and gardening.

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Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Tevia’s background and journey to teaching 5th grade in Panama
  • How Tevia creates a welcoming classroom atmosphere while setting high expectations for her students
  • What translanguaging is and what it sounds like
  • Why students should be encouraged to use their full repertoire of languages when learning new content
  • How translanguaging helps create a safe classroom 
  • Tevia’s experience seeing the benefits of translanguaging in the classroom
  • How to get started with translanguaging


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We all know that teaching isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be this hard. Equipping ELLs is a podcast for both ESL specialists and homeroom teachers who are looking for effective and engaging ways to support their English Language Learners without adding to their endless to-do list. Tune in each week to hear tips, strategies, and inspirational stories that will empower you to better reach your ELL students, equip them with life-long skills, and strengthen relationships with colleagues and parents.

Your host, Beth Vaucher, is the founder of Inspiring Young Learners. She is an ESL certified homeroom teacher with over 10 years of experience teaching in the US and internationally. Her background of M.Ed in ESL and Curriculum and Instruction combined with her experience has led her to develop a bestselling newcomer curriculum that has sold in over 90 countries around the globe. She brings a different perspective to teaching ELLs from her years teaching and living abroad and working with ELLs from around the world. You will walk away from each episode with the ideas and tools you need to transform your experience as a teacher and cultivate a thriving and welcoming environment for your ELL students.


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