'Why Do TheyHit the Headlines?': critical media literacy in the foreign language class

Ramos, Fernando Prieto (2001) 'Why Do TheyHit the Headlines?': critical media literacy in the foreign language class. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 22 (1). ISSN 07256868


This paper reports a project aimed at the development of critical media literacy and language awareness by a group of Irish university students through the application of critical discourse analysis (CDA) tools in their Spanish language class. The participants were assigned various reading activities in which they had to reflect on the social representations conveyed by different press articles on immigration. They subsequently expressed their opinions in a classroom debate and a final written task. As a result, their awareness of the social implications of linguistic choices increased significantly. Assessment also showed a deeper understanding of immigration matters both in Spain and Ireland, and a clearer perception of their own stances on these issues. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal of Intercultural Studies is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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