Teaching Language as Action in the ELA Classroom

1st Edition

Richard Beach, Faythe Beauchemin

April 1, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367026486 - CAT# K405010

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This book explores English language arts instruction from the perspective of language as social actions that students and teachers enact with and toward one another to create supportive, trusting relations between students and teachers, and among students as peers. Departing from a code-based view of language as a set of systems or structures, languaging as social action takes up language as emotive, embodied, and inseparable from the intellectual life of the classroom. Through extensive classroom examples, the book demonstrates how elementary and secondary ELA teachers apply a languaging perspective. Beach and Beauchemin employ pedagogical cases and activities to illustrate how to enhance students’ engagement in open-ended discussions, responses to literature, writing for audiences, drama activities, and online interactions based on enacting relations with others through languaging. The authors also offer methods for fostering student reflection on their languaging actions in these activities in ways that enhance their sense of agency associated with enhancing relations in face-to-face, rhetorical, and online interactions.


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