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ERIC Number: ED317062
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Cultural Criticism and ESL Composition.
Howard, Tharon; Dedo, Dave
The traditional approach to English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) curriculum development, which combines cognitivist and behaviorist approaches, reflects ideology that teachers often fail to recognize. ESL composition teachers should act not as guardians of "correct" English but as cultural or ideological critics. ESL students need to be taught that even the most seemingly innocent discourse is actually aimed at gaining student adherence to the values of the culture's dominant ideology. This approach, termed the rhetoric of accommodation, fails to challenge or change the discourse communities not in the student's or society's best interest. Pedagogy informed by the rhetoric of resistance, such as process approaches using free writing, looping, or journal keeping, fail to realize that the self is a social construct. If members of the ESL community are to be more than second class citizens in academe, the strategies of cultural criticism must be put to use to examine the ideological forces at work in current pedagogy and institutions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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