Doctoral Research Forum - Nazanin Dehdary - Is There any Space for Critical Literacy? English Language Teachers’ Perceptions, Views, and Perceived Challenges
|A School of Education research event|
|Date||11 December 2020|
|Time||11:00 to 12:00|
|Provider||School of Education|
|Intended audience||Academic staff and students|
|Registration information||Contact event organiser for MS Teams meeting link|
This study made an attempt to explore teachers’ perceptions of literacy, critical literacy, and their familiarity with the concept of critical literacy. It also examined teachers’ opinions about the implementation of critical literacy in ELT in general and in the Foundation Program in the Omani local context in particular. Factors shaping teachers’ views with regard to their pedagogical decisions and the possible interaction among those factors were also examined. Interviews were used as the main method of data collection as the aim was to examine multiple interpretations of critical literacy and the possibility of its incorporation in teaching practice. The interviews were conducted in two different phases. In the first phase, focus group interviews were conducted. To further check the opinions discussed during the focus group interviews and to elicit more data and opinions, the focus groups were followed by one-on-one interviews in a second phase. This study illuminated the fact that CL is on the margin of ELT methodology, and for it to move to the centre of the classroom and be realized in teaching, the right context should be provided.
Nazanin Dehdary is an EdD candidate at the University of Exeter. She taught English in Iran for 16 years and joined CPS at Sultan Qaboos University in 2015. Her research interests are curriculum development and critical pedagogy.