Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources explores how languages and literacies are implicated in the complex relationship between place and mobility. It is a book that represents the next wave in literacy studies in which theories of mobility, networking and globalisation have emerged to account for the dynamic landscape of globally circulating communication resources. Authors in this volume take up a more complex way of thinking about resources, applying it to consider languages and literacies as assemblages or as parts of assemblages that are involved in learning, teaching and meaning-making. The book addresses forms of text and mobility that arise in contexts outside of formal education including marketing, charity, journalism, community organisation and parenting. It also addresses school contexts and higher education settings.
Key topics explored include:
- Consequences of workplace confinement
- Literacies as placed resources in the context of rural communities
- Literacy, sustainability and landscapes for learning
- Documenting networked knowledge on tablets
- Mobilising literacy policy through resources
- Global Englishes as placed resources
- Languages as contextualised resources
- Shaping a digital academic writing resource in a transcultural space
With an international range of carefully chosen contributors, this book is a must read text for all academics interested in semiotics and literacy studies.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Languages and literacies as mobile and placed resources. Susan Nichols 2. But they didn’t win the Super Bowl! Printed t-shirts as place/d resources. David Caldwell 3. The parenting magazine as g/local genre: The mobilisation of childhoods Susan Nichols 4. Shut in and shut up: Consequences of workplace confinement for journalists. Collette Snowden 5. Literacies as placed resources in the context of rural community members’ everyday lives: The case of Bweyale in Uganda. George Openjuru 6. Literacy, sustainability and landscapes for learning. Lyn Kerkham 7. ‘They are of very imperfect quality’: Slates as material and placed resources in a Sydney school, 1887-1889. Phil Cormack 8. Circuits, astronauts, and dancing oranges: Documenting networked knowledge on tablets. Jennifer Rowsell & Tiffany Gallagher 9. Mobilising literacy policy through resources. Jenni Carter 10. Catalysing learning with placed English resources: An issue of TEFL in early childhood education. Zheng Lin 11. A place for students’ multilingual resources in an Australian high school. Mei French and Michele De Courcy 12. Silence as literacy and silence as mobility: Australian students shifting learning modes in foreign language learning Dat Bao & Phan Le Ha 13. Global Englishes as placed resources. Doan Ba Ngoc 14. Languages as contextualised resources: Chinese-speaking pre-service language teachers using Chinese and English in the academic writing process Huang Yusheng 15. Shaping a digital academic writing resource in a transcultural space. Monica Behrend
Sue Nichols is a Senior Lecturer in Literacy Education and also Director of the Multiliteracies and Global Englishes Research Group at the University of South Australia.
Collette Snowden is a Strategic Leader, International and Industry, and Lecturer in Public Relations at the University of South Australia