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Closing the gap: A multiliteracies approach to English language teaching for 'at-risk' students in Singapore

Tan, Jennifer Pei-Ling (2008) Closing the gap: A multiliteracies approach to English language teaching for 'at-risk' students in Singapore. In Healy, Annah (Ed.) Multiliteracies and Diversity in Education. Oxford University Press, Victoria, Australia, pp. 144-167.

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Abstract

With its rich ethnic and language environment, Singapore offers valuable opportunities for conceptualising how Multiliteracies pedagogies can be implemented in literacy programs across various educational levels and contexts. In this multicultural and multilingual society, dominant paradigms of English literacy education raise problematic issues of the potential marginalisation of students, particularly those of lower socio-economic backgrounds and from families where English is not the first language. This book chapter will start by discussing the dynamics of language planning in Singapore and the entrenched inequities in the education system as a result of dominant language and literacy pedagogic practices. The Multiliteracies theoretical framework will then be used to explore English language teaching in Singapore. Specifically, the potential of the integrated Multiliteracies pedagogical components in resolving educational disparities among students of diverse cultural backgrounds, linguistic abilities and academic achievements will be examined. Against this background, the chapter will describe the design and implementation of a Multiliteracies project in a Singapore elementary classroom serving a student community of lower socio-economic background and academic abilities. The chapter will conclude with a discussion of the productive diversity and transformations that took place, in terms of the teacher’s attitudes and pedagogical practices, as well as students' learning outcomes, as a result of adopting a Multiliteracies approach to English language teaching and learning in a culturally and linguistically diverse classroom.

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ID Code: 14964
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: multiliteracies, new literacy studies, multiculturalism, multilingualism, education, ESL, English, language teaching, pedagogy, Singapore, literacy
ISBN: 9780195558487
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) (200405)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > OTHER LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (209900) > Language Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified (209999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300) > English as a Second Language (200303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LANGUAGE STUDIES (200300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Comparative and Cross-Cultural Education (130302)
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)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Oxford University Press
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:49

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