English Teaching: Practice & Critique: Volume 16 Issue 2


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Critical literacy and the social justice project of education

Hilary Janks

This paper aims to problematise the notion of social justice and the moral project that underpins critical literacy education. In plural societies, do we all have a shared…

Designing more just social futures or remixing the radical present?: Queer rhetorics, multimodal (counter)storytelling, and the politics of LGBTQ youth activism

Jon M. Wargo

Plugging into the multimodal aesthetics of youth lifestreaming, this article examines how three lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) youths use digital media…

Unpacking disability-related curriculum in the Language Arts classroom

Christa S. Bialka, Gina Mancini

The purpose of this paper was to understand what disability-related curriculum (DRC) looked like in the middle school Language Arts classroom. DRC refers to any curricular…

Conceptualising and enacting the critical imagination through a critical writing pedagogy

Belinda Mendelowitz

Imagination in critical literacy research is usually referred to as a taken for granted concept that is seldom theorised, leaving the assumptions unchecked that everyone has a…

Critical multimodal literacy with moving-image texts

Shin-ying Huang

This paper aims to examine language learners’ critical multimodal literacy practices with a moving-image text, focusing on text comprehension and interpretation rather than text…

Making sense of events in literature and life through collaboration

Richard Beach, Michelle M. Falter, Jennifer Jackson Whitley

The purpose of this conceptual paper is to make the case for the value of fostering collaborative sensemaking in responding to literature. Drawing on examples of classroom…

Log on and blog: An exploratory study assessing the impact of holiday blogging on student literacy achievement

Rachel Williamson, Rebecca Jesson

This paper aims to investigate the viability of blogging over the summer holidays as an intervention to ameliorate the Summer Learning Effect (SLE) in writing. The SLE is the…

Student English teachers: participatory learning and developing identities-in-practice

Carmel Hinchion

This paper looks at how participation in a community of learners can be a resource for learning and identity making (Wenger, 1998). The paper is an interpretation of the selected…

Mandated curricula as figured world: A case-study of identity, power, and writing in elementary English language arts

Cassie J. Brownell

This qualitative study aims to use the conceptual lens of figured worlds to explore how a 10-year-old child positions her identity and participates in systems of power through her…

Learning from students behind the fence: a critical book club with incarcerated youth

Elizabeth McCall Bemiss, Jennifer L. Doyle, Mary Elizabeth Styslinger

This paper aims to explore alternative literacy instruction with incarcerated youth, add to the body of existing literature documenting the literacy of those incarcerated and…

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