Critical literacies recognize that all texts and actions are value-laden and represent different worldviews. A critical stance invites students to question how linguistic and other semiotic forms position and shape our social values and practices. There is a long-held position in K-12 education that second language (L2) learners cannot engage with the world critically until they have mastered their target language. A plurilingual perspective recognizes that learners’ uneven but integrated composite linguistic repertoire which when drawn upon promotes not only cognitive engagement but also socially meaningful learning. It challenges the dominant deficit-oriented discourse around minoritized language learners and augments the affordances for critical engagement in L2 classrooms. Dr. Lau's collaborative inquiry projects with teachers in Toronto and Québec demonstrate how drawing on students' assets and critical literacies can contribute to academic language learning. Students' meaningful engagement with their lived experiences and multiple linguistic repertoires become resources for their critical and creative knowledge making in classrooms.
Affordances of plurilingual pedagogy for critical literacy engagement in second language classrooms
November 15, 2018, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Bishop’s University in Quebec, Canada. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she had taught English and English literature at secondary and tertiary levels for over Gifteen years before completing her doctoral degree in Second Language Education in the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at University of Toronto. Her two recent research projects examine the use of translanguaging pedagogies in facilitating students’ plurilingual competence and critical literacy engagements. She has published in Critical Inquiry of Language Studies, Intercultural Education, The Reading Teacher,, Journal of Translation and Translanguaging in Multilingual Contexts, just to name a few.
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Dr. Sunny Man Chu Lau
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