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LRDG Seminar Series

Date: 20 March 2007 Time: 1.00 pm

Functional literacy in practice: the use of parliamentary and media discourse in a literacy educational frameworkArgiris Archakis, University of PatrasIn this paper, we suggest that media discourse in general and newspaper articles on parliamentary discourse in particular are the ideal material for students to develop a critical awareness of why the texts around them are the way they are. Our data consist of Greek parliamentary proceedings and newspaper articles on parliamentary proceedings. We show that the representation of parliamentary discourse in the press is mostly constructed by journalists who 'choose' what happened and decide what readers should know about what happened. We suggest that this kind of analysis can be part of the educational methodology in a language-teaching program based on literacy practices. If the main educational goal in the modern world is the shaping of active citizens who could control their lives via discourse, the literacy of the students should not be non-critical and a-social. Along these lines, different tasks are proposed based on the comparison between parliamentary and media discourse.Date: Week 10: 20 March 2007 Time: 12.50 - 2pm Venue: MR2, IAS Building

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