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ERIC Number: EJ1066601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: EISSN-1533-242X
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A Rationale for Critical Pedagogy in EFL: The Case of Tajikistan
Fredricks, Lori
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, v7 n2 p22-28 Aug 2007
As EFL programs become more prevalent throughout the world, the cultural implications of English teaching are more often debated. These cultural considerations are extremely relevant in Islamic cultures, where English education can be viewed as contributing to the influence of Western Christian or secular pedagogy. This potential clash of approaches to teaching and learning should be critically addressed by EFL instructors. One method of doing so is introducing reading instruction with critical pedagogy. The article will illustrate how critical pedagogy and critical literacy instruction were implemented in a reading program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. As a former member of the Soviet Union, the system of education in Tajikistan was developed with Soviet, atheistic ideals of education which clashed with those of local students and teachers. Thus, a critical approach to facilitating English reading clubs was introduced to allow students to mold the curriculum and discussions in ways that reflected their diverse cultural values. A key goal of the program was to promote student-led dialogue about texts that examined authors' motives and messages. The rationale for text selection and judging culturally relevant texts will be addressed as a model for other EFL programs and practitioners.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Tajikistan
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