A blog for the Second Language Literacies course from the MA in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages (ML2) at UPB-Medellín
This is the forum where we will debate and work our kung-fu when it comes to these two paradigms. You will reflect on two issues in particular:
1. The notion of Critical Literacy in the school context. You should start by looking at the Lee and Perry papers, since they summary and critique the idea of critical literacy itself. Those of you interested in working in elementary settings (either as teachers or teacher educators) will find the paper by Gregg and colleagues quite enlightening. Those of you interested in issues of critical media literacy will find plenty of inspiration in the Harste and Albers paper. In fact, reading this particular paper will give you all a point of departure to continue the discussion that bookended our class: How do we bring critical literacy to the classroom? Discussions of consumerism, social commentary in movies.
2. The introduction to New Literacy Studies: Those who had the chance to attend Prof. Street’s Open Lecture Series talk last year (and do not despair, that talk will be in Vimeo very soon!) will recall there was an issue that Brian brought up: The meaning of “New” in “New Literacy Studies” – what is your understand of new? Of new literacies? Why should we pluralize literacy? Those are really big questions, most of which will decide how you frame literacy in your teaching. The chapters by Street himself and Pahl & Rowsell (two very respected NLS scholars) will begin to tackle these questions, while also providing a historical perspective to NLS.
In that sense, there will be some questions that should guide your discussions, which you will post on the blog later tomorrow and Sunday:
You are at liberty to post opinions, larger questions that the reading triggers, agreements and disagreements with the readings, etc. Also, engage in scholarly conversation with your peers. Raise questions that you want your instructor to really tackle in the forum.
I will keep track of the action and participate when I deem it appropriate.
See you next week. Until then, keep reading, re-reading and questioning the word and the world.