Mr Ken Mizusawa Publishes in the Journal of Changing English

Mr Ken Mizusawa Publishes in the Journal of Changing English

Friday, 06 July 2018

Ken Mizusawa
Mr Ken Mizusawa

Mr Ken Mizusawa, Lecturer at NIE’s English Language and Literature Academic Group, co-authored a paper with Dr Tamas Kiss of Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University, titled “Revisiting the Pedagogy of Multiliteracies: Writing Instruction in a Multicultural Context” in the journal of Changing English. In the paper, it was discussed that English Language Teaching should meaningfully reflect the multimodal and multicultural character of modern English. Although some attempts have been made, insufficient attention has been paid to reforming writing pedagogy.

This paper arose from an OER project titled “Fostering Cross-cultural Communication and Understanding in the English Language Writing”, and presents the findings of a two-year research project on writing instruction in the Singapore English Language classroom, which caters for a mixture of EFL (English as a foreign language), L2 (second language) and L1 (first language) learners. Data were gathered from six secondary school teachers via observations and interviews through which their common practices and beliefs were established.

The findings revealed an extensive use of examination-centred practices based on functional literacy, routine procedures and standardisation, rather than a pedagogy that promotes social equity and cultural and linguistic diversity as advocated by the New London Group. Following their work, the authors argue that student agency, critical literacy, and socially and culturally situated learning should be integrated into all writing classrooms for effective learning to take place.

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