Text, Role and Context: Developing Academic Literacies

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1997 - Foreign Language Study - 187 pages
This text explores fundamental issues relating to student literacies and instructor roles and practices within academic contexts. It offers a brief history of literacy theories and argues for "socioliterate" approaches to teaching and learning in which texts are viewed as primarily socially constructed. Central to socioliteracy, the concepts "genre" and "discourse community," are presented in detail. The author argues for roles for literacy practitioners in which they and their students conduct research and are involved in joint pedagogical endeavors. The final chapters are devoted to outlining how the views presented can be applied to a variety of classroom texts. Core curricular design principles are outlined, and three types of portfolio-based academic literacy classrooms are described.
 

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Contents

What readers and writers
20
Homely and academic texts
38
Membership
51
Literacy practitioners as campus mediators
71
Investigating texts processes
92
Textexternal research
98
Research beyond the classroom
105
Using portfolios in literacy
131
Conclusion
151
Index
167
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