30.07.2010

Literacy in the EFL classroom


Anne Pitkänen-Huhta


This study investigates literacy practices in the EFL classroom. Literacy is understood as a social practice with people talking about and around texts. Literacy in the classroom is embedded in the institutional context of education, which is characterised by specific discursive practices and by certain types of texts typical of that domain. The participants use texts within this institutional context drawing on the broader social practices of the institution. Thus literacy both shapes and is shaped by the context and its social practices.

The aim of the study is to describe and interpret literacy practices in the EFL classroom by examining how they are established, maintained, and transformed locally in specific literacy events through interaction and related action by the participants. The micro-analysis of classroom interaction draws from interactional sociolinguistics and ethnography of communication.