“Can We Do a Not-All-in-English Drama for Kids?”: Translingual Practices in a Taiwanese EFL Play

  • Eric K. KuEmail author
Original Paper


Translingual practices have been observed in English as a foreign language (EFL) instruction in Taiwan even though monolingual orientations are still highly prevalent in Taiwanese EFL education. This paper reports on a study focusing on an annual play performed by the graduating class of a university English department in Taiwan. Despite the long-standing expectation that the play should be English-only, these students deviated from the precedent by incorporating Mandarin Chinese in the play. Through a case study informed by ethnographic perspectives, I analyzed the students’ script, script notes, and rehearsals for translingual practices and interviewed the scriptwriters and faculty supervisors for their perceptions of the play. The findings show that students’ enacted translingual practices through bilingual and multimodal resources to most appropriately achieve the performative and communicative goals for each situated context. Furthermore, students invent ways of justifying the decision to include Chinese and creating a “translanguaging space” through the performance. I conclude the paper with pedagogical implications about the rich potential for the use of plays in EFL instruction.


Translingual practices Multimodal Play Performance Taiwan 



在台灣雖普遍存在以單一語言為導向的英語外語教育, 但仍然觀察得到跨語際實踐之現象。本研究主要調查台灣的一所大學, 由英語系畢業班級所演出的年度戲劇。儘管長期以來期望戲劇以全英語演出, 然而這些學生們藉由將中文合併在英語戲劇中的方式, 來背離先前的慣例。我透過民族誌觀點的個案研究, 針對跨語際實踐, 來分析學生們的劇本、劇本註解以及預演。另外, 以訪談編劇和戲劇總監來獲得他們對戲劇看法。研究結果顯示, 學生們透過雙語和多模態的資源來實施跨語際實踐, 在每一個情境脈絡中, 以最適合達成語言述行和溝通之目標。此外, 學生們設計一些方法來證明包含中文的決定是正當的, 並在戲劇中創造一個跨語際實踐的空間。本研究提供一些有關戲劇使用於以英語為外語教學之建議。


跨語際實踐 多模態 戲劇 表演 台灣 


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  1. 1.Department of EnglishNational Taiwan Normal UniversityTaipei CityTaiwan

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