Contenting with Critical Language Awareness in an ESL Context

By Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Although the South African National Curriculum Statement (NCS) on Languages Learning Area endorses the Critical Language Awareness (CLA) perspective as an integral component of language learning and teaching, this perspective is not adequately incorporated in the English Second Language (ESL) learning and teaching practice. In this paper, I draw from the above NCS and other studies on CLA to amplify the critical importance of this perspective within a language learning and teaching context. I then contextualise CLA within the ESL context, and present the ESL teachers and pupils’ data which indicate that CLA does not, in practice, serve as an integral component of the ESL class. Finally, I critically discuss one ESL model lesson that attempt to show how CLA could be integrated in an ESL class.

Keywords: Criticality, Critical Language Awareness, Critical Literacy, English Second Language Teaching Practice

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.59-68. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 601.540KB).

Dr. Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng

Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Language Education, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

I teach and supervise studies in English Language Teaching, Educational Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Johannesburg (Full-time)) and Applied English Studies at the University of South Africa (Part-time). Previously I offered Applied Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of the Western Cape, TESOL and English Language Teaching Methodology at both Vista University and Rand Afrikaans University. I taught English Language and Literature at three Comprehensive High schools, one of which I served as the Head of English and Afrikaans Department. My research is within Applied Linguistics - specifically within Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Language Awareness. I published articles within this field in the International Accredited Journal.

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