ERIC Number: ED440401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
IFTE 1995: Some Notes from a Subgroup.
Hunt, Russ; Isenberg, Jane; Little, Graham; Milgrim, Sally-Anne; Perry, Jesse; Rosenblatt, Louise
Within the paradigm of cultural pluralism, four areas seem worth exploring in depth: (1) language and power; (2) multiculturalism vs/as cultural pluralism; (3) English itself--the discipline, course, and class; and (4) individual vs/as the collective. Language and power include the primary paradox facing the English teaching profession, that in a fundamental way it is the teachers' assignment and mission to help people gain access to, and skill in, new languages, while avoiding stigmatizing preexisting dialects and languages as inferior. Distinguishing different manners of rejecting cultural hegemony is important, as seen in the differentiation of multiculturalism--a passive respect for other cultures--with cultural pluralism--an active engagement between differing cultures, ethnicities, abilities, and beliefs. In defining English as a discipline, it is important to identify what is being studied; beyond print, texts may include oral language, cultural forms, the media, and communication available through computer networks. Finally, instructors need to explore the extent to which the individual and the communities in which the individual exists can be seen as separable ideas. (EF)
Descriptors: Context Effect, Cultural Pluralism, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Individualism, Intercultural Communication, Language Minorities, Multicultural Education
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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