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Negotiating Communication Rights in Multilingual Classrooms: Towards the Creation of Critical Communities of Learners

Wallace, Catherine (2009) Negotiating Communication Rights in Multilingual Classrooms: Towards the Creation of Critical Communities of Learners. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 3 (3). pp. 150-167. ISSN 1554-480X

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Abstract

The paper aims to show how the language learning classroom can be reconfigured as a critical community. It argues that the optimisation of communication rights, continually negotiated by teacher and learners, helps to build critical classroom communities characterised by “quality talk”. Such talk acknowledges uncertainty in the construction of knowledge while making transparent the basis of its claims. In doing so, it offers space for typically less powerful participants to challenge and redirect classroom discourse. I focus on two classes of adults in the U.K., consisting of second-language learners from a wide range of language and cultural backgrounds: the first is a class of intermediate to advanced language learners attending a university course on critical reading; the second is a general English intermediate-level class in a Further Education College, consisting of learners from a wide range of educational backgrounds, nationalities and ages. What the students in each setting share is that they are adults with an interest in gaining membership into new and diverse English-language-speaking communities in a global age.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article weaves together, in original ways, notions of community, quality talk and criticality, to argue the case for the building of critical communities in the teaching of English to adult L2 learners. It provides a rigorous analysis, drawn from Systemic Functional Grammar, of data from two complementary studies. The work can claim signifcance in that classroom talk is rarely evaluated in terms of quality rather than quantity of talk This is an electronic version of an article published in Wallace, Catherine (2008) Negotiating Communication Rights in Multilingual Classrooms: Towards the Creation of Critical Communities of Learners. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 3 (3). pp. 150-167 Pedagogies: An International Journal is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/10.1080/15544800701670055
Controlled Keywords: Linguistics , Language
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Culture, Communication and Media
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2010 11:09
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:12
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