Experience the site live on librosforlanguage.org!
Educators are missing tools and criteria for teaching and measuring literacy effectively with multilingual students.
- Literacy is being measured for each language a student speaks, not as a blend of their understandings in-between languages.
- Educators who are in multi-lingual environments are priotizing reading/writing for academic purposes over the other pillars of language like listening/speaking.
Libros for Language is a digital bibliography of children’s literature that celebrates multilingualism and facilitates translanguaging pedagogies.
- Meg and Grace were were awarded a Carnegie-Whitney grant from The American Library Association to create the website.
Translanguaging is a natural phenomenon in which multilingual people mix and integrate their languages to make meaning depending on context and purpose.1
- For example Spanglish is commonly used by bilingual hispanic or latino americans through mixing Spanish with English
- The title of the project itself uses translanguaging by placing the Spanish word “Libros” into the english sentence Books for Language.
I designed and coded a website that enables teachers to find the right translanguging book and resources for them and their students.
- Apply a translanguaging typology developed by Meg and Grace to the site’s information architecture and UI that features faceted search.
- Select a typeface that supported multiple languages, non-latin characters, diacritical marks, and low/no cost for a non-profit project.
- Work closely with our graphic designer Jadzia to develop a logotype and customized icons that represent their translanguaging typology (inspired by Material Design).
Libros for language was featured in The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) blog.
“As a visitor to the site, I was impressed at how your web designer anticipated my needs and queries. Whenever I thought, “I wonder if…” my eye would travel to a clearly visible and logically organized answer to my wondering. Kudos to them and to you for envisioning and realizing this resource!” — Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education at Penn State University
What I Learned
- The 4 pillars of language are reading, writing, speaking, and listening
- Webflow is a great tool for rapidly building and testing websites but isn’t as suitable for sites requiring powerful search/filter features.
- Planning a website launch into roadmap phases starting with an minimum viable product (MVP) is a great way to get feedback early and pivot when necessary.