This book is an analysis of student literacy in an academic setting, and how this has changed due to political, economic and social factors. The contributors, who are all engaged in academic literacy work at a South African university, use the theoretical tradition of New Literacy Studies as developed by theorists such as James Gee, Brian Street and Gnnther Kress, and apply this to a case study of one university in the changing context of South Africa. Academic Literacy and the Languages of Change will be of interest to postgraduates and academics researching sociolinguistics, or language and education.
Lucia Thesen is at the Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town. Ermien van Pletzen is Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town, and a Mandela Fellow at the W. E. B. du Bois Institute, Harvard University.
Introduction - Lucia Thesen and Ermien van Pletzen; 1. 'Use your own words' Stella Clark; 2. Literacies in transition Bongi Bangeni and Rochelle Kapp; 3. Intertextual analysis: a research tool for uncovering the writer's emerging meanings Morgan Paxton; 4. A body of reading: making 'visible' reading experiences Ermien van Pletzen; 5. Change as additive: harnessing students' multimodal semiotic resources Arlene Archer; 6. Word, image and authority in the lecture Lucia Thesen; 7. Identity, power and discourse: the socio-political self-representations of successful black students at UCT Gideon Nomdo - University of Cape Town.; 8. The ESL context: an ethnographic study Rochelle Kapp.