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