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Professional Book Reviews: Movement in Literacy: New Directions in Multilingual, Multicultural, Multinational, and Multimodal Literacy Studies

Date: June 14, 2011

Summary: This column features professional and academic resources for literacy educators exploring multilingual, multicultural, multinational, and multimodal literacies for an increasingly global and digitally networked world.

 

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Thus we see a critical need for literacy educators to open up conversations that engage the tensions of our literate lives in this globally networked world. To this end, we collected future-oriented professional and academic resources for teachers, teacher educators, and researchers. Readers will find in these materials support for learners whose literate lives will have both local and global reach.

In the end, readers will turn to The Future of Literacy Studies, where contributors Glynda Hull and Mark Nelson suggest that "being prepared, in both senses of being able and willing, to communicate and understand across differences in language and other modes and media for communication, in ideology, in culture, and in geography is at the heart of what it means to be literate now" (p. 200). We couldn't agree more.

Copyright © 2011 National Council of Teachers of English . Reprinted with permission.

Professional Book Reviews: Movement in Literacy: New Directions in Multilingual, Multicultural, Multinational, and Multimodal Literary Studies, Angie Zapata and Audra K. Roach, Language Arts, Volume 88, Number 4, March 2011.

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