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Critical Language Awareness

1st Edition

By Norman Fairclough


356 pages

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The proliferation of language awareness has now led to a need for a reassessment of the nature and functions of language awareness. This accessible collection of essays addresses that need in developing a more rigorous and critical theoretical underpinning for what language awareness is and should do. In particular, it argues that there needs to be a greater awareness of the social and political issues, and the context within which language awareness work is set.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


1. Introduction, Norman Fairclough

Part I: Language Awareness: Critical and Non-critical Approaches

2. The appropriacy of `appropriateness', Norman Fairclough

Part II: Critical Language Awareness in Diverse Educational Contexts

3. Critical literacy awareness in the EFL classroom, Catherine Wallace

4. Making it work - communication skills training at a black housing association, Pete Sayers

5. Principles and practice of CLA in the classroom, Romy Clark

6. Who's who in academic writing?, Roz Ivanic and John Simpson

7. The construction of gender in a teenage magazine, Mary Talbot

Part III: Critical Language Awareness in Schools

8. English teaching, information technology and critical language awareness, Michael Stubbs

9. `What I've always known but never been told': euphemisms, school discourse and empowerment, Malcolm McKenzie

10. Initial steps towards critical practice in primary schools, Paul Clarke and Nick Smith

11. Critical approaches to language, learning and pedagogy: a case study, Lesley Lancaster and Rhiannan Taylor

12. Whose resource? Minority languages, bilingual learners and language awareness, Arvindh Bhatt and Marilyn Martin-Jones

Part IV: Critical language awareness and emancipatory discourse, Hilary Janks and Roz Ivanic


About the Series

Real Language Series

This is a sociolinguistic series about the relationship between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical approach to the subject, challenging current orthodoxies, and dealing with familiar topics in new ways.

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