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Janks, Hilary (2014) with Kerryn Dixon, Ana Ferriera, Stella Granville and Denise Newfield Doing Critical Literacy: Texts and Activities for Students and Teachers, New York and London: Routledge This book is firmly on the side of an ideological view of literacy and is an antidote to Functional Skills. It is first and foremost a practical guide to taking a critical view of texts, with ideas for activities that can be done by teachers or students or both together. The book takes a close look at aspects of language, identity and power as expressed in a broad range of multimodal texts and offers tasks to explore the issues in some depth. As many of the sample texts Janks uses are from Africa, this helps us as Europeans to see things from an unfamiliar angle, but also may make it difficult to use directly with some student groups. However, the texts and activities can be used as models and can easily be adapted.


Maybin, Janet (ed) (1994) Language and Literacy in Social Practice: a reader, Clevedon, Avon: Multilingual Matters/The Open University Now over 20 years old, this collection of edited chapters contains a number of classic studies and is a good book to dip into. Two ethnographic papers are of particular interest. Shirley Brice Heath contributes 'What No Bedtime Story Means: Narrative Skills at Home and School' from her major study into the different home reading practices of three communities (urban middle class, black working class and white working class) in the Carolinas (USA). This short paper amply illustrates her key thesis: that very young middle class children fit in immediately and do well in school because school and home literacy practices mirror each other. She demonstrates how very young children from other English-speaking communities, being unfamiliar with school 'ways with words' are disadvantaged. Mukul Saxena's paper 'Literacies Among the Panjabis in Southall' looks at the literacy and language choices of three generations of one multilingual family, and the factors influencing their choices. Brian Street, Paulo Freire, James Paul Gee, Harvey Graff and other well- known writers and thinkers contribute further chapters on cultural, historical and political aspects of language and literacy.


Mooney, Annabelle and Evans, Betsy (2015) Language, Society and Power: an introduction 4 Edition London: Routledge This is a book written for undergraduate students of English language, communication, media or related subjects, rather than specifically for literacy teachers, but it is recommended to anyone interested the social dimensions of language e.g. to support critical reading and skilled communication. The book examines language variety (with chapters on ethnicity, age and social class) and considers language in the media, politics and everyday talk. This edition has been revised to include material from social media, newspapers, YouTube etc., and there is a companion website with video and audio clips, and links to further reading. Previous editions of this book (all with the same title, but with different authors over the years) would also be worth buying second-hand.


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