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New Literacies: Reconstructing Language and Education

New Literacies: Reconstructing Language and Education (Hardback)

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The notion of change is central to this book. Across the globe, there exists a pressing need for transformation in the way teachers teach, in the manner by which learners learn, and in our approach towards defining literacy in the 21st century. Historically, the term 'literacy' has been used to primarily denote reading and writing abilities, a designation which is today largely considered both quintessential and overly simplistic. The field of literacy, like many others within the realm of education, has a tendency to evolve and shift from one paradigm to another, vacillating between the demands of globalisation and the implications brought forth by the advent of new technologies. Reading and writing - communication, in essence - is happening in very different ways and via varied avenues; blogs, podcasts, online news, and tablets coupled with countless applications. Such changes are increasingly borderless and rapidly accelerating, and are bound to influence the nature of literacy itself as well as how it is perceived in diverse contexts in different parts of the world.

This calls for a reorientation with regard to how researchers, educators and stakeholders view literacy in today's terms.

Ambigapathy Pandian is Professor at the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation and Chairman of the International Literacy Research Unit of the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. His wide-ranging research interests include language and literacy education, TESL, TESOL, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, multiculturalism and, more recently, higher education. Christine Liew Ching Ling holds a BA and MA in English Literature from Universiti Malaya (UM) and is a Language Instructor at the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang. Her research interests involve linking literacy to literary studies, and social and cultural aspects of language learning and teaching. Debbita Tan Ai Lin has been teaching English since 2004 at the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Her research interests include communication and education with a particular emphasis on media-based interventions for literacy. Jayagowri Muniandy holds a BComm from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), majoring in Persuasive Communication and minoring in English Language Studies. Her research interests include ELT, multiliteracies, media studies and materials development. Lee Bee Choo holds a BA and Diploma in Education (TESL) from the Universiti Malaya. She has more than 15 years' teaching experience and is currently attached to the School of Languages, Literacies and Translation, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Toh Chwee Hiang holds a BA and a Diploma in Education (TESL) from the Universiti Malaya and an MSc (Information Technology) from the Universiti Sains Malaysia. She has more than 20 years' ESL experience and her interests include TESL, literacy, ICT in ELT, and materials design.

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