Literacy and Language
Members of this SIG have interests in exploring the relationship between language and literacy and work in related fields, such as cultural studies and multi-modality (the central focus is on language rather than on these areas in themselves). Aims of the group:
- to establish a voice in BERA with regard to policy and practice for research into language and literacy in education
- to create a forum for exploration of the implications for education of research in the area of language and literacy
- to use the SIG as an opportunity to learn from work by colleagues in a number of areas including: Multilingualism; TESOL; MFL; Literacy Studies; Classroom Discourse Analysis/ Interactional Studies; Media and Literacy; Policy Studies; Popular Culture and Language
A further important function of the SIG is to establish meetings and strands at BERA Annual meetings, in particular to avoid overlap and clashes of language-related sessions and to convene meetings and seminars during the year.
Latest SIG Content
Over the last thirty years in English and Welsh State primary education, successive governments have placed increasing emphasis on ‘raising standards’ in literacy. Children’s attainment or otherwise of these ‘standards’ is measured... [...]
The twelve-month research project Literature’s Lasting Impression⃰ investigates a defining convention of classroom literary study, shared novel reading. Most people remember ‘reading round the class’, an approach used for decades with... [...]
Becoming a lifetime reader is dependent on developing a love of reading and few would argue against the fact that the ability and motivation to read impacts on the life chances of all children.
For this reason, a significant amount resource... [...]
The linguistic standards for British teachers within teacher training, and for teachers’ future careers, are clearly outlined by the DfE:
‘demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy,... [...]
The idea that research could be described as ‘4*’ came from the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). 4* research is “world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.” In REF 2014 30% of research outputs across all... [...]
In September 2014 teachers in primary schools in England began the academic year with a new National Curriculum. In this statutory framework there is a detailed 70 page programme of study for English in Key Stages One and Two (for 5-11 year olds)... [...]