Discourse of culture and ideology in two African novels: Evolving a proto-literacy model

https://doi.org/10.58256/rjah.v4i1.989

Authors

Keywords:

Discourse of culture and ideology, proto-literacy model, critical discourse analysis or CDA, processes of transitivity, language-literature interface, African novel

Abstract

This innovative sociolinguistic study adopted the discourse of culture and ideology as framework in evolving a proto-model of literacy development. The language-literature interface was the approach which allowed for the use of the critical discourse analysis or CDA of transitivity processes in the analysis of the ideological discourse in the two African novels, The Texture of Dreams by Yitbarek, and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Mengestu. The target learners for the pedagogical model were non-participant college freshmen in a state university in Benguet, Philippines since the study navigated on a bold and trail-blazing innovation as benchmark in language curriculum renewal anchored on reflective practice. Both a priori and a posteriori principles of language curriculum renewal were adopted in the design of the proto-model where a matrix of literacy skills was identified and re-classified from the gathered baseline data of feedback and observations from the stakeholders and the personal portfolio of professional practice by the researcher, and ultimately, from the result of the CDA. Corpora for the study were the sample extracts from both novels. The significant pedagogical reflection from the study articulated the crucial role of critical reading of the novel in terms of its discourse of ideology and culture as effective context for higher level of reading comprehension; this highlighting the importance of making inferences from propositions, suppositions, and implicatures as well as noting cultural load in literary language. The study recommends for the use and teaching of CDA of transitivity processes among college students to look into the discourse of culture and ideology which in turn promote effective reading comprehension. Likewise, language curriculum enhancement can take off from a sociolinguistic case study that is anchored on reflective practice of the language-literature interface.

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.
Dimensions

Brown, D. H. (2006). Principles of language learning and teaching. 5th ed. New York: Longman.

Brown, D. H. (1994). Teaching by principles. an interactive approach to language Pedagogy. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Chapman, M. & Anderson, J. (1995). Thinking globally about language education. Vancouver B.C.: University of British Columbia. Retrieved from https://sfu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com

Carrell, P. et al. (1992). Interactive approaches to second language reading. USA: Cambridge University Press.

Cook, V. (2008). Second language learning and teaching. 4th ed. London: Routledge

Dablo, L. (2018). Developing identity and culture among basic education learners in a

Reading program. Unpublished Masters Thesis. FEU Roosevelt. Antipolo, Rizal.

Fontanilla, G. (2018). Institutional identity in the newsletters of three Philippine universities. UST Graduate School. Espana, Manila.

Jacobe, A. (2019). Reading the Philippine novel: a post-modern approach. Unpublished Masters Thesis. FEU Roosevelt. Antipolo, Rizal.

Lado, R. (1986). How to compare two cultures. In J. Valdes [ed.].Culture Bound.Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from https://www.scribd.com/document

Machin & Mayr. (2012). How to do critical discourse analysis: a multimodal introduction. California: SAGE Publications.

Mengestu, D. (2007). The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears. New York: Riverhead Books.

Richards, J. (2001). Curriculum development in language teaching. USA: Cambridge University.

Yitbarek, F. (2005). The Texture of Dreams. Chicago: Nyala Publishing.

Published

2023-01-19

How to Cite

Esnara, C. B. (2023). Discourse of culture and ideology in two African novels: Evolving a proto-literacy model. Research Journal in Advanced Humanities, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.58256/rjah.v4i1.989

Issue

Section

Articles

Similar Articles

You may also start an advanced similarity search for this article.