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The Politics of TESOL Education: Writing, Knowledge, Critical Pedagogy


reviewed by Linda Harklau — 2003

coverTitle: The Politics of TESOL Education: Writing, Knowledge, Critical Pedagogy
Author(s): Vai Ramanathan
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415933536, Pages: 186, Year: 2002
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This book is a wide-ranging compilation and synthesis of themes Ramanathan has addressed in previous work including institutional culture, genre, and disciplinary writing studies. The author begins by arguing that TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) teacher preparation and instructional programs have not done enough to facilitate a critical reflexive stance on the part of educators. What is needed, she suggests, is an interrogation of three key issues: (1) the ways in which practices in individual, local TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) programs reflect issues in the broader discipline; (2) how existing genres and text types in TESOL socialize educators into particular disciplinary practices and (3) the “textual politics” (p. 11) of how knowledge is displayed in college-level academic prose. By raising these issues, Ramanathan’s hope is to foster a new “meta-awareness” (p. 2) in ESOL instructors of how college writing instruction is embedded in larger educational and societal contexts marked by inequalities. The book is also intended to empower educators to question... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1203-1205
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11150, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 6:50:32 AM

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  • Linda Harklau
    University of Georgia
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    LINDA HARKLAU is Associate Professor in the TESOL and Linguistics Programs at the University of Georgia. Her research investigates academic language and literacy development in multilingual adolescents and young adults. She is co-editor of the volume Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition (Erlbaum) and author of recent articles in TESOL Quarterly, Journal of Literacy Research, and Journal of Second Language Writing.
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