Developing language and literacy across the secondary school curriculum: an inclusive approach

When:23 Apr 2019, 3:30pm - 5pm
Venue:UNSW Australia - Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building
Who:Professor Urszula Clark
UNSW library lawn

Developing language and literacy across the secondary school curriculum: an inclusive approach

Presenter: Professor Urszula Clark

Date: 23 April 2019

Times: 3.30pm-5pm

In this talk, Professor Clark draws upon research undertaken in the UK secondary school context (Key stages 3, 4 and 5, 11 to 18 year olds) that illustrates how language based pedagogy (LBP) can be drawn upon in secondary school contexts (11 to 18 year olds) to devise and implement coherent language and literacy across curriculum policies and strategies (Clark, 2019). The research was undertaken in three 11 to 18 secondary schools in England, where the majority of students are categorised as having English as a second language (EAL), and where in two of the three, a significant minority are also socially disadvantaged.

Through examples drawn from the research, Professor Clark shows how an LBP approach integrates aspects of pedagogic grammar and associated metalanguage as an integral part of teachers’ affordances and day to day curriculum practices. Professor Clark argues that paying explicit attention to the linguistic structures through which subject knowledge is realised can both raise teachers’ metalinguistic awareness and be of benefit to all pupils and students in ways that are also socially just and democratic.

Reference:

Clark, Urszula (2019). Developing language and literacy across the secondary school curriculum: an inclusive approach. Basingstoke: Palgrave.https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319932385

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