Sociocultural and Power-Relational Dimensions of Multilingual Writing: Recommendations for Deindustrializing Writing Education

Author: Amir Kalan

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Multilingual Matters
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This book reports findings from an ethnographic study of the literate lives of three adult multilingual writers, conducted in order to describe how their socioculturally embedded literacy activities enriched their writing lives. The book argues that multilingual writers who can effectively write in English have complex literate, intellectual and cultural backgrounds that impact their writing practices. Dominant writing pedagogies don't often regard tapping into those layers as important pedagogical components in the process of teaching writing. The book highlights the significance of paying more attention to sociocultural and power relational layers of writing and provides recommendations for language teachers, educational policy makers and language and literacy researchers. The book brings together the fields of literacy research and second language writing and treats writing in both first and additional languages as part of a whole.

Amir Kalan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE) at McGill University, Canada. He is the author of Who's Afraid of Multilingual Education? (Multilingual Matters, 2016). He is interested in critical literacy, multiliteracies, second language writing, intercultural rhetoric, multilingual text generation, and multimodal and digital writing.


1. Introduction

2. Conceptual and Empirical Background

3. Making Sense of Histories and Literate Legacies

4. Literacy and Writing Discourses

5. Writing as a Power Differential

6. Written Texts as Organic Outgrowth of Complex Linguistic and Cultural Repertoires

7. Social and Institutional Lived Experiences

8. Mechanics and Practicalities     

9. Implications, Recommendations, and Potential Further Directions


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