The Toolkit

Creative Language Practices through a Translingual Lens: A Toolkit

The following activities are part of a creative toolkit which we make freely available to language teachers and practitioners in a variety of contexts. The activities could be used separately or as a set. They also exist in a physical copy at the Mitchel Library (Glasgow) and can be checked out upon request starting with June 2019. For each activity, we have provided instructions, materials needed, as well as other relevant resources. If you have any suggestions or special requests, please contact us at

The Language Kit
An Introduction to the Language Toolkit

Begin your Creative Journey
Language_Passport  || Passport_Template
Creating a Zine || Instructional Video

Musical Language Games
Composing_Game ||  Conductor_Spot || Instructional Video: Conducting / Composing Game from Richy Carey on Vimeo.

Word_Samba || Instructional Video: Word Samba from Richy Carey on Vimeo.

Languages in artists’ hands
Playing_with_Idioms || Playing_with_Idioms_example
Chagall_Idioms_and_Language_Portraits (PowerPoint)

Translanguaging_Comics ||   Translanguaging-Comics-inspired-by-Monika-Szydlowska (PowerPoint) ||  Speech Bubbles || Examples_M_Szydlowska

Playing with Our Resources
Exquisite Corpse || Exquisite Corpse (Template)
See an example here: Corpse

Translanguaging Talking Toss


Tip: Tossing the blocks from one hand to another may cause the writing to fade away. You can either write the words on a piece of paper and tape them on each side of the block, try different markers to see which ones are more durable, or encourage children to learn the words quickly. Language is not always sticky and requires agility and practice!


Creative Language Geographies

Borders_and_Languages || New_Borders_and_Languages_an_example


Giving Meaning to/through Bits of Language 

Collage Activity  || Instructional Video

Visual Dictionary

Translanguaging and Poetry 

Translanguaging and Poetry
Translanguaging and Poetry (An Example)

 A Language Game
Translanguaging Game Instructions
Shopping list  || Corner shop || Fruit shop || Hardware shop ||  Music Shop || Clothing shop

For this game, you will need to print out 6 copies for each shop and cut the images into cards so you can assemble a full deck of cards for 30 participants.

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