Critical Language Awareness in Pedagogic Context

Shamim Ali

Abstract


This study was designed to investigate the significance of developing students’ critical language awareness through explicit teaching methodology of some procedures of critical discourse analysis. The researcher integrated critical activities into her teaching and students’ learning process. The study was planned prudently to discover the procedure of encoding and decoding of the writer’s message and to teach students the skill of inferencing evaluating and explaining through higher-order thinking processes. The participants of this study were 18 Mphil students of English Linguistics studying in NUML. The post-test revealed that the participants’ power of critical thinking increased in comparison to the pre-test. Their motivation level was also enhanced and they were able to decode the message of the text. They were able to deal with challenging tasks rather than mere passive tasks. It was concluded that about 90? of the students’ critical language awareness rose after becoming familiar with CDA techniques.


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English Language Teaching       ISSN 1916-4742 (Print)   ISSN  1916-4750 (Online)

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