Foreign language teaching and new literacies

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  • 1. MONTE MOR, Walkyria. Foreign Languages Teaching, Education and the New Literacies Studies:Expanding views. GONALVE, G. R; et alii (orgs). New Challenges in Language and Literature. BeloHorizonte: Faculdade de Letras da UFMG, 2009.p 177-189. What should be improved in the teaching of foreign languages in elementary and secondary schools and in Letras programs in the universities? Methodological procedures. Inappropriate textbooks. Lack of discipline of students and their parents participation in the Education Teaching conditions provided by the schools, or by the government. Inadequacy of pedagogical orientations/parameters provided by the federal government and the State Secretaries of Education. Insufficient and inappropriate teacher education given at the universities.

2. Proposal of change in the focused teaching environments (OCEM-LE) because of social changes occurred as a consequence of technological advances that influence and reconstruct language and discourse, as well as social communication. 3. Social and epistemological changes in the digital society Replacement of repetitive and underskilled work standards Multi-skilled workers (diversified experiences and flexibility) Empowered, critical, creative and innovative workers Decision making, initiative and choice making jobs Flat hierarchy practices Current representation of what is civic (multilayered anddiversified indentities in the multilayered socialcommunities) Social and private spaces have gradually turned thinner(mass media culture, global commodity culture andcommunication and information networks) Networked society (society transforms itself with thepresence of technology) Conventional epistemology (reproductive education-principles of reduction and grading) Digital epistemology / performance epistemology- anotherway of knowledge construction (knowledge highlystimulated in the users interaction with the internet;bricolage, collage, montage- mental processes thatrequire more capacity for creation, and not only forreproducing models) 4. Changes in teaching and education Classroom practice Necessity to reexamine practices (thecurrent moment reveals a binarydispute between reproduction in theteaching learning process and creation,Social historical and cultural contextcreativity and critique) Public pedagogy (Giroux)- culturalpolicy present in society within, forPedagogyinstance, television, programs, series,advertisings, choice of pictures in newsbuilding (power dynamics imbued witheducative strength)Phylosophy of education The philosophy of education-pedagogy-practice relationship (Saviani)Image: 5. New literacies and the teaching of foreign languages The literate nowadays is the individual who is able to use reading and writing within a social practice. Capacity of inference, perception of ironies, interpretation of the between-the-lines message, expressing their own critique, relating the content of a text with a social context or reality New literacies area- visual literacy, digital literacy, multicultural literacy and critical literacy (Cervetti, Pardales and Damico). Teaching of reading Teaching cultural modes of seeing, describingand explaining Understand textual representations, valuesand ideologies, discourses Taking positioning Having views of the world Understanding the relation between knowledge and power distribution in a society 6. The teaching of foreignlanguages must be seen aspart of a larger educationalcommitment. The foreign language teachingshould expand from thelinguistic and instrumentalfocus to the educational one.It should include theredefinition of citizenship andthe expansion of culturalconcepts that foster plurality diversity.


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