The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy

Practicing critical literacy in second language reading

Arman Abednia


Disillusioned with educational approaches which encourage students' passivity and conformity to the wisdom transmitted to them, critical pedagogues focus on improving students’ critical consciousness and self-seeking. This outcome can be achieved by encouraging and helping learners to be critical consumers of texts and reconstruct them in ways that are more consistent with their own local experiences. In this paper, I present and elaborate on some steps to practice critical literacy in second language reading instruction. I also discuss challenges involved in practicing this approach as well as some solutions based on my teaching experience. At the end, I highlight the significance of adopting a self-reflexive approach to conceptualizing and practicing critical literacy. 

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