Academic Literacy and the Languages of Change

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Lucia Thesen, Ermien van Pletzen
A&C Black, Jun 23, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 212 pages
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This book is an analysis of student literacy in an academic setting, and how this has changed due to political, economic and social factors. The contributors, who are all engaged in academic literacy work at a South African university, use the theoretical tradition of New Literacy Studies as developed by theorists such as James Gee, Brian Street and Gnnther Kress, and apply this to a case study of one university in the changing context of South Africa.

Academic Literacy and the Languages of Change will be of interest to postgraduates and academics researching sociolinguistics, or language and education.


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Lucia Thesen is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Ermien van Pletzen is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, and a Mandela Fellow at the W. E. B. du Bois Institute, Harvard University.

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