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Editorial: English afloat on a digital sea

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posted on 2009-12-01, 00:00 authored by Catherine BeavisCatherine Beavis, J Davies, K Leander
In the 21st Century, new technologies, in particular interactive multimedia and the internet, challenge many aspects of our teaching practice and assumptions. What counts as knowledge, what counts as literacy, the ways we teach, and even the relationships we form are coloured and reshaped by changing cultural and social practices, such as global commerce and ICTs. These issues, and the relationships between them, need to be considered anew. Two current frames of reference for thinking about these changes and their implications for subject English are the notion of an "information revolution" (Castells 1996) and the changing nature of literacy, with its shift towards multiliteracies, or thinking of literacy as design (New London Group, 2000). Both frames have significant implications for how we conceptualise English curriculum (for example, literacy, texts and assessment), for how we re-imagine English teaching, and for the ways in which we ask students to work with and within digital culture and new media.

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Journal

English teaching

Volume

8

Issue

3

Pagination

1 - 7

Publisher

Emerald

Location

Bingley, Eng.

ISSN

1175-8708

Language

eng

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C4.1 Letter or note

Copyright notice

2009, Emerald

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