ERIC Number: ED479811
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Assessing the Development of Critical Language Awareness in a Foreign Language Environment.
Critical language awareness refers to how conscious people are of the ideologies hidden in the language. A study was carried out to determine whether such a critical perspective towards text could be developed in an English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) context. This paper evaluates the results of the application of methods of critical discourse analysis to a context where the "analysts" are non-native speakers of English, who seem to take for granted the true validity of messages conveyed through discourse in the press. University learners' reflections on the implementation of methodology point to some drawbacks, but also provide evidence of the positive effect the experience had, since most participants evinced a growing level of critical language awareness as well as a different attitude regarding texts from the British press. The results of the study also support the belief that these EFL learners need to be equipped with the necessary tools to take a critical stance toward the ideologies possibly hidden in discourse because of their status as future teachers and translators of English. Their professions demand an objective view of the language and a questioning attitude about what they teach and translate in the foreign language. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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