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From Language Skills to Literacy
Broadening the Scope of English Language Education Through Media Literacy





ISBN 9780367583408
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
180 Pages

 
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The narrowing of English language education curriculum in many contexts has negatively impacted classroom teaching and learning. High-stakes standardized testing, scripted curricula, and the commodification of English have converged to challenge socially meaningful classroom literacy instruction that promotes holistic development. Although in different ways, these factors have shaped the teaching of English as both first and second language.



How can English educators respond? This book argues that the first step is to take account of the broader policy, political and cultural landscape and to identify the key constraints affecting teachers, students and parents. These will set the broad parameters for developing local pedagogic approaches, while still recognizing the constraints that actively push against them. Using Singapore English language teaching as a case study, this book illustrates how this process can unfold, and how media literacy principles were vernacularized to design English classroom pedagogies that stretched the bounds of what is acceptable and possible in the local context.

Table of Contents



List of figures



List of tables



List of appendices



Acknowledgments



Chapter 1: Introduction



Chapter 2: English language and literacy education: A historical overview



Chapter 3: Media literacy: Key ideas and connections to English literacy education



Chapter 4: Challenges to a literacy approach to teaching English



Chapter 5: Bridging theory, curriculum and pedagogy: Developing a framework for media literacy through English



Chapter 6: A contextual look at the media literacy dimensions in pedagogic practice



Chapter 7: Developing and implementing the media literacy unit in Eastridge Secondary School



Chapter 8: The question of authenticity: Students’ experiences with school media/literacy education



Chapter 9: Conclusion



Appendix



Index

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Biography

Csilla Weninger is associate professor in the department of English Language and Literature at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her research examines the imprint and impact of political and institutional ideologies on the conduct of schooling, including its material dimensions such as textbooks as well as everyday pedagogies. Her publications have appeared, among others, in Teaching and Teacher Education, Discourse, TESOL Quarterly, Linguistics and Education, and ELT Journal.