ERIC Number: EJ990346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
Can I Have a Voice in the Nation's Classroom?
Qualitative Inquiry, v19 n2 p131-143 Feb 2013
This article utilizes a reflexive ethnographic approach in the form of a "layered text" consisting of academic argument, literary criticism, biography, autobiography, and fiction. The dimension of academic argument involves "critical applied linguistics"; the dimension of literary criticism, Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," Algren's "The Man with the Golden Arm," Blake's "The Tyger," and Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place"; the dimension of biography, the African American activist Malcolm X; autobiography, an account of my elderly father's visit with me in my city of residence (Oaxaca); and fiction, the story of me in an urban classroom teaching a group of students that includes Malcolm X as well as the authors of and characters from "The Great Gatsby" and "The Man with the Golden Arm." This diverse "layered text" intends to "perform" its theme involving the "critical"-minded teacher in an English as a foreign language (EFL) classroom as one who regulates her/his personal "political" awareness in order to foster a "critical" classroom accessible to all students.
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, Literary Criticism, Autobiographies, Empowerment, Foreign Countries, Criticism, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, English (Second Language)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Oaxaca)