Reading for riches: a Vygotskyan analysis of learners writing

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Faragher, Lynette. 1995. "Reading for riches: a Vygotskyan analysis of learners writing." Kruss, Glenda and Jacklin, Heather (ed.) Realising change: education policy research: Kenton 1994. Kenwyn, South Africa . Juta Academic. pp. 117-125
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Reading for riches: a Vygotskyan analysis of learners writing

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
Book TitleRealising change: education policy research: Kenton 1994
Authors
AuthorFaragher, Lynette
EditorsKruss, Glenda and Jacklin, Heather
Page Range117-125
Number of Pages9
Year1995
PublisherJuta Academic
Place of PublicationKenwyn, South Africa
ISBN9780702135828
Abstract

This article addresses the question: what do Xhosa-speaking students, products of DET education, do with English? The question arose in the context of the first year English course at Good Hope College of Education, Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Colleagues and I had observed that students had rebelled against what I expected them to do in the course. One of the questions which arose from that experience was: What can the students do with English? I rejected the inherent deficit thinking in that question and it was transformed into: What do the students do with English?
To answer that question I decided to collect a sample of data written by English Second Language (L2-English) speakers and analyse it in terms that would avoid deficit assumptions about students use of English.

KeywordsESL; english as a second language; South Africa; school students
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440107. Social and cultural anthropology
470306. English as a second language
470411. Sociolinguistics
Public Notes

© Juta & Co, Ltd 1995. A selection of papers presented at a 1994 Kenton conference. At head of title: Kenton Education Association. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

Byline AffiliationsGood Hope College of Education, South Africa
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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