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LRDG seminar: Two research studies from Spain

Date: 4 December 2007 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Being a "Good" Second Language Learner: A Critical Sociolinguistic Ethnography in Madrid and Zhejiang Schools

Miguel Pérez Milans, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain)

This talk focuses on how second language competence is institutionally constructed in relation to different socio-political conditions linked to globalization in urban areas. The study comes from an ethnography carried out in Madrid (Spain) and Zhejiang (China). This presentation uses interactional, ethnographic and discursive data to link legitimated classroom practices in both institutional contexts to their historical and socio-political conditions. Analysis will pay attention particularly to the role of the literacy practices through classroom interaction.

Lack of interest in reading: conversations with a 16 year-old.

Cristina Aliagas Marin, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain)

This presentation will focus on how the lack of interest in reading is socially constructed in adolescence and how reading identities change because of environmental influences and personal development. The aim of this research lies in characterizing the reading practices in the lifestyle of urban teenagers in Catalonia who label themselves and are labeled by others as non- or poor readers. I will present data from a case study of an adolescent, stressing some of the vernacular reading practices he has developed for replacing the dominant ones at school.

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Who can attend: Anyone


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Organising departments and research centres: Institute for Advanced Studies, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

Keywords: Literacies, Literacy


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