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ERIC Number: EJ999349
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
The Benefits and Challenges of Culturally Responsive EFL Critical Literature Circles
Fredricks, Lori
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v55 n6 p494-504 Mar 2012
Though some research has shown what applying a culturally relevant framework entails in an American context, and occasionally in an EFL setting, there is still too little research on how students respond to critical, culturally responsive pedagogy. More insight is needed into the specific challenges and benefits of critical approaches in diverse settings. As Tajikistani students are relatively new to a critical framework, they were introduced to a pluralistic way of analyzing texts through critical literature circles, allowing them to select readings and manage the direction of discussions. The study explored students' reading experiences, habits, and attitudes. While these experiences were motivating, articulating personal and cultural associations with texts occasionally posed difficulties and revealed prejudices. Members became more confident readers and discovered life lessons in texts but struggled with emotionally charged issues such as discrimination and war. The article provides a detailed picture of participants' challenges and experiences meant to inform other practitioners. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Tajikistan