Communicating Power Youth Radio Arts in the Multilingual Classroom
STUDENT CONFIDENCE, THE THIRD AIM, IS WELL DOCUMENTED BUT PERHAPS CAPTURED BEST BY WALKER’S HUMBLE CLAIM: 'IT IS POSSIBLE TO ARGUE... THAT YOUTH RADIO PROVIDED A ‘THINKING SPACE’ FOR REFLECTING ON AND REPRESENTING THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S QUESTIONING AND THEORIZING, FOR SPEAKING UP AND ACTING OUT AGAINST WHAT FREIRE HAS CALLED THE 'CULTURE OF SILENCE'".
In her conclusion, Walker writes that “[t]his study suggest[s] that to break the cycle of remedial ESL instruction that reproduces the marginalization of poor and immigrant students, we must shift our attention from language skills and exercises in communicative competencies to creating the conditions for a pedagogy of powerful communication” (167).
Sounds like a good book for any educator or youth services worker for learning tools to support ELs find their voice through radio production activities. - Pam Steager
Belanger, J. (2016). [Review of the book: A Pedagogy of Powerful Communication: Youth Radio and Radio Arts in the Multilingual Classroom, by Dana Walker] Journal of Media Literacy Education 7(3), 96 – 99.
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