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ERIC Number: EJ858346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0782
"Literacy for All": Quality Language Education for Few
Cross, Russell
Language and Education, v23 n6 p509-522 Nov 2009
With a focus on educational provision the area of English as a second language (ESL), this paper takes stock of developments in the last 10 years since the inception of the Australian "Literacy for All" policy in 1998. A review of the issue is timely, not least because of the recent window of opportunity afforded by the first change of government at the federal level for more than a decade. More than this political imperative, though, is a consideration of what contemporary research now reveals about the nature of second language development itself, and the implications this raises for the teaching and learning of English to students from language backgrounds other than English. As such, the broader discussion is applicable to students in a range of international contexts. A related aim of the paper, however, is also to demonstrate that the intensely political nature of "literacy" renders any discussion of the subject--in whatever the context may be--inseparable from a broader consideration of politics in relation to how and what to teach, and the further implications this raises for the provision and positioning of ESL within education systems. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia