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By Lucia Thesen, Ermien van Pletzen

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This booklet is an research of scholar literacy in an instructional surroundings, and the way this has replaced as a result of political, financial and social elements. The individuals, who're all engaged in educational literacy paintings at a South African collage, use the theoretical culture of recent Literacy reviews as built via 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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And Vinjevold, P. ) (1999), Getting Learning Right: Report of the President's Education Initiative Research Project. Johannesburg: The Joint Education Trust. Thesen, L. (1997), 'Voices, discourse and transition: in search of new categories in EAP', TESOL Quarterly, 31, (3), 487-511. University of Cape Town (2003), Towards a language plan for the University of Cape Town, 2005-2010'. University of Cape Town (2005), 'Principal's Circular, 07 2005'. Vinjevold, P. (1999), 'Language issues in South African classrooms', in N.

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. In practice, African language speakers have opted for English medium instruction in large numbers (see statistics in the Introduction of this volume). For the majority who are being educated in relatively poorly resourced former Department of Education and Training (DET) schools designed for 'African' students under Apartheid (according to Van der Berg 2004, 93 per cent of matriculants in 2003), this means that English is the medium of instruction across the curriculum, but that students are taking English language and literature classes at a second-language level.

In response, practitioners have done research on finding appropriate ways of assisting students from under-resourced schools to integrate the new technologies into the academic repertoire (a local example is Walton and Archer 2003). An interesting example of the power of local ethnographies to explore what computers signify in classroom practices is found in Prinsloo (2005). Drawing on data from township schools, he shows how generalizations like 'the digital divide' break down when local practices are examined.

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