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Literacy: reading and writing social practices in the teaching of additional languages

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Author(s): Cláudia Helena Dutra da Silva

Journal: Via Litterae
ISSN 2176-6800

Volume: 4;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 25;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Literacy | Social practices | Reading | Writing | Additional languages

ABSTRACT
This paper aims to reflect on additional language teaching focusing on the development of literacy, i.e., on a pedagogical practice that beholds reading and writing as social actions. It is based on literacy studies that view literacy as a set of social-cultural practices involving the technology of writing (SCRIBNER; COLE, 1981; STREET, 1984; HEATH, 2001; GEE, 2004; BARTON, 2007) in their constitution. The article is divided in three sections: the first one discusses the concept of literacy; the second one advocates literacy as the educational aim of schools; finally, studies on literacy and additional language teaching are presented, and the concept of assessment is discussed.
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