Critical literacies pedagogy in the EFL classroom (MGL3036)
The course builds on the knowledge and skills students have acquired in English 2: English language, literature and culture. It aims to introduce the major concepts and research findings related to critical literacies pedagogy, multiliteracies pedagogy and critical performative pedagogy and their application to EFL teaching and classroom research. Issues considered include diversity, positioning, voice, agency and access within English language texts and within the EFL classroom. Students will apply their knowledge of critical literacies pedagogy to the selection and development of materials and activities for use in the EFL classroom and examine their own classroom teaching experiences through critical performative practices.
Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.
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After completing the course, the student will have knowledge of:
- the major theories underlying critical literacies pedagogy, multiliteracies pedagogy and critical performative pedagogy and their application to the EFL classroom
- the relationship between language, culture, literacy and power and its influence on the enactment of teaching at the classroom level
- global varieties of English and the implications of English language choice and text selection in the multilingual and multicultural EFL classroom
- non-canonical texts and materials for use in the EFL classroom, including children's and young adult literature, indigenous, postcolonial and migrant literature, and digital and film-based media
- arts-based, experiential, and dialogical literature approaches for fostering intercultural competence and critical literacy skills
- arts-based qualitative research methods, ethnographic research methods and critical discourse analysis related to critical literacies pedagogy
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
- identify multiple perspectives within texts and critically evaluate these for discourses of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, poverty and class
- select, critically evaluate and adapt canonical and non-canonical texts and materials for use within the EFL classroom using a critical literacies framework
- use arts-based, experiential, and dialogical literature approaches to develop students' intercultural competence and critical literacy skills
- find, refer to and reflect upon relevant English language research literature related to critical literacies pedagogy and use it in academic argumentative texts
The student will be able to:
- use academic English confidently and functionally in spoken and written discourse when discussing critical literacies pedagogy and presenting literary and cultural materials selection for use in the EFL classroom
- apply their knowledge of critical literacies pedagogy and arts-based, experiential, and dialogical approaches to literature to further develop their own intercultural competence and critical literacy skills
- apply their knowledge of critical literacies pedagogy and research methods to their EFL teaching practice and classroom research
Required prerequisite knowledge
MGL1032 English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., MGL1033 English 1 - Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7), MGL1034 English 2; English Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1.-7.), MGL1035 English 2: English Language, Literature and Culture (1-7)
MGL1032 English Linguistics for Teachers for grades 1.-7., MGL1033 English 1 - Teaching Methodology for Young Learners (1-7), MGL1036 English 2. English teaching methodology: Language, literature and culture (1-7)
Home exam and oral presentation
|Form of assessment||Weight||Duration||Marks||Aid|
|Home exam||3/5||10 Days||Letter grades|
|Oral presentation||2/5||30 Minutes||Letter grades|
Home exam: 3500-4000 words. Duration: 10 days.Pair/Group oral presentation: 15% of the grade based on the group performance, 25% on individual performance. Aids: Digital tools and handouts.Both parts must be passed to get a final grade.
- Students need to complete 2/3 of their teaching practice.
- Students must attend a minimum of 70% of all lectures and seminars.
- Students will record personal reflections on course content in weekly logs.
- Students will present and critically evaluate a text of their choice for use in the EFL classroom using a critical literacies framework.
- Following their teaching practice, students will participate in a critical performative unit to evaluate their EFL teaching experiences.
These must be approved before the students can be examined. Students who have one or more assignments not approved at first submission will be given one more submission opportunity in a new and improved version.