English in Urban Classrooms
A Multimodal Perspective on Teaching and Learning
Routledge – 2004 – 200 pages
English in Urban Classrooms is a ground-breaking text that span a range of issues central to contemporary school English. It extends not only to the spoken and written language of classrooms, but also to other modes of representation and communication that are important in English teaching. This includes image, gesture, gaze, movement, and spatial organisation.
The team of experienced and expert authors collectively examine how English is shaped by policy, by institutions, and by the social relations of the classroom. By connecting issues of policy and social context, the book provides a detailed account of factors such as:
* the characteristics of urban multi-cultural schools;
* teacher formation and tradition;
* the ethos of School English departments;
* the institutional changes that have shaped school English in urban classrooms and students' experiences of learning.
This book offers a fascinating and enlightening read, not only to those involved in English teaching, but also to educational researchers, policy makers, linguists, and those interested in semiotics and multimodality.
1. Introduction 2. A social and political framework for thinking about english 3. A new approach to understanding school english 4. The english classroom as a multimodal sign 5. The organisation of time in the english classroom 6. The pedagogic construction of 'ability' in school english 7. The social production of character as an entity of school english 8. Orchestrating a debate 9. Only write down what you need to know: Annotation for what? 10. The textual cycle of the english classroom 11. And so some final comments.