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By Lucia Thesen, Ermien van Pletzen

This booklet is an research of scholar literacy in an instructional surroundings, and the way this has replaced as a result of political, fiscal and social elements. The participants, who're all engaged in educational literacy paintings at a South African collage, use the theoretical culture of latest Literacy reports as built through theorists equivalent to James Gee, Brian road and Gnnther Kress, and follow this to a case examine of 1 collage within the altering context of South Africa.

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The argument is that an early switch to English, combined with poor teaching, has resulted in students' developing basic interpersonal skills (BICS) in English, but not the cognitive academic language proficiency (CALP) skills needed to deal with advanced levels of (context-reduced) literacy in either the home language or English (Heugh et al. 1995). 30 Discourses of English and literacy in a Western Cope township school The policy and consequent curriculum development therefore assume that for those for whom English is a second language (ESL) the subject will be taught as an additional language at a relatively basic level.

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These factors play out in complex ways in South Africa - a developing country with 'two worlds in one', with rich and poor sharply juxtaposed. The well-documented 'digital divide' (Castells 1998) has profound implications for students entering the university. Young, middleclass people, who have read books (in English) in print-rich environments from early on, are now likely to have an added head start, in that they are also likely to have had easy access to computers and the Internet. Thus, computer literacy interacts with academic literacy and the English language in complex ways to compound existing barriers to entering the discourses of academia.

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