Critical literacy and second language learning in the mainstream classroom: an elusive nexus?

Alford, Jennifer H. (2001) Critical literacy and second language learning in the mainstream classroom: an elusive nexus? In Singh, Parlo & McWilliams, Erica (Eds.) Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld, pp. 127-139.


Critical Literacy (CL) is now a core component of Queensland secondary school English programs. These programs are delivered to a significant number of students from Non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) whose linguistic and cultural resources are diverse and not necessarily representative of mainstream high school cultural capital (Bourdieu 1990). In response to the current emphasis on CL, it is vital for English as a Second Language (ESL) educators to identify the points of contention as well as the possibilities for promoting critical engagement with texts with adolescent ESL learners and to seek to create pedagogy that reflects the critical needs and capacities of these learners. This paper outlines the version of CL in secondary schools as theorised by a number of Australian researchers; discusses the relevance and importance of CL to NESB learners and finally raises a number of issues that need resolving if such learners are to be provided with a well-rounded literacy education amid contemporary Australian social relations and textual practice.

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ID Code: 1015
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Critical Literacy, English as a Second/Additional Language
ISBN: 1876682272
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > English as a Second Language (200303)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Post Pressed
Deposited On: 12 Apr 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:37

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