Description - Negotiating Academic Literacies by Ruth Spack
"Negotiating Academic Literacies" is a cross-over volume in the literature between first- and second-language/literacy research. This anthology of articles bring together different voices from a range of publications and unites them in pursuit of an understanding of the teaching and learning of academic literacy. The editors preface the collection of readings with a conceptual framework that clearly articulates the current debate about the nature of academic writing and writing instruction. College classrooms have become sites where multiple languages and cultures intersect - not only for students in the process of acquiring English, but for all learners who find themselves in an academic situation that exposes them to a set of expectations that are different from what they have known. This book is a contribution to the effort to discover new ways to support learning across languages and cultures - to transform views about what it means to teach and learn, to read and write, and to think and know. In this volume, "academic literacy" is defined as the ability to write and read critically the various texts assigned in college.
The editors draw on the findings of second-language acquisition research and stress their application as fundamental to the acquisition of academic literacy for all college-level students, not just second-language learners. This volume includes the perspectives of student writers as well as those of teachers and researchers. The chronological ordering of articles provides an historical perspective, revealing ways in which issues related to teaching and learning across cultures have been addressed over time. The readings have consistency in terms of quality, depth and passion; the authors raise philosophical questions even as they consider practical classroom applications. This book is both a reference for teachers who work or plan to work with diverse students in post-secondary institutions, and a text for graduate-level courses, primarily in TESOL, freshman composition, composition studies and literacy studies.
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Lawrence Erlbaum Associates Inc
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