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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
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TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE


Volume 18, Issue 2, October 2016, Pages 371–380

 TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE

Brahim Hiba1

1 University of Ibn Tofail, Kenitra, Morocco

Original language: English

Received 15 June 2016

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


This paper tries to investigate the issue of teaching English as a foreign language in the Moroccan context. The writer of this paper claims that the way foreign languages, in general, and English, in particular, are taught in Moroccan high-schools and universities is devoid of any awareness of the social and political loads of the language being taught. For instance, the way English is taught in the Moroccan context does not encourage students to see the social and ideological dimensions of the use of the English language. More specifically, when reading a text, be it a newspaper article, a short story, a poem or a political speech, most students read it passively; they do not question the socio-cultural context and the ideology of the text they read. Students do not analyze the strategies that are used in that text and through which it constructs its premises and conclusions. For this reason, this paper will draw on some quite interesting ideas in Critical Literacy and Critical Discourse Analysis to come up with some useful teaching strategies that could encourage students minimize their passive reading habits and could hone their critical thinking and critical reading skills.

Author Keywords: Critical Literacy, Critical Discourse Analysis, Critical Language Awareness, Discourse Awareness, language, ideology, power.


How to Cite this Article


Brahim Hiba, “TEACHING ENGLISH FROM A SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 371–380, October 2016.