Standing brave in the face of rapid curriculum change : EAL/D teachers speak about critical literacy and its place in senior English teaching
Alford, Jennifer H. (2013) Standing brave in the face of rapid curriculum change : EAL/D teachers speak about critical literacy and its place in senior English teaching. In ALEA/AATE National Conference 2013, July 4-7, 2013, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)
Critical literacy (CL) has been the subject of much debate in the Australian public and education arenas since 2002.
Recently, this debate has dissipated as literacy education agendas and attendant policies shift to embrace more hybrid models and approaches to the teaching of senior English. This paper/presentation reports on the views expressed by four teachers of senior English about critical literacy and it’s relevance to students who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who are learning English while undertaking senior studies in high school. Teachers’ understandings of critical literacy are important, esp. given the emphasis on Critical and Creative Thinking and Literacy as two of the General Capabilities underpinning the Australian national curriculum. Using critical discourse analysis, data from four specialist ESL teachers in two different schools were analysed for the ways in which these teachers construct critical literacy. While all four teachers indicated significant commitment to critical literacy as an approach to English language teaching, the understandings they articulated varied from providing forms of access to powerful genres, to rationalist approaches to interrogating text, to a type of ‘critical-aesthetic’ analysis of text construction.
Implications are also discussed.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||Critical Literacy, EAL/D learners, senior high school, Critical Discourse Analysis, Janks' Synthesis Model|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2013 please consult the authors|
|Deposited On:||08 Jul 2013 23:49|
|Last Modified:||08 Jul 2013 23:49|
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