Student teachers’ reflections on semiotics in Grade 3 isiXhosa literacy lessons

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title Student teachers’ reflections on semiotics in Grade 3 isiXhosa literacy lessons
Creator Magangxa, Pretty N. Geduld, Deidre C.
Subject — semiotic modes; literacy; student teachers; Grade 3; reflection; languaging.
Description Background: Globally, teaching practice has been at the heart of teacher education programmes. For quality teaching and learning, literacy student teachers are expected to develop metacognitive attributes and critical thinking to integrate theory and practice. Because of the dominance of autonomous models in literacy teaching and learning nationally and internationally, literature continues to report poor literacy attainment, especially for indigenous language learners. Contrasting this deficit view, this article employed languaging as a lens to describe student teachers’ reflections on their interactions with Grade 3 learners using multimodal and linguistic repertoires, which they both bring from socio-cultural contexts as well as utilisation of embodied representational modes.Aim: To explore how Foundation Phase (FP) student teachers used languaging and semiotic modes to enhance literacy teaching and learning in Grade 3 classrooms.Setting: An Eastern Cape Institution of Higher Education.Methods: In this qualitative study, four purposely selected FP isiXhosa Home Language student teachers used reflective journals to articulate their individual and peer classroom literacy practices. Data were thematically analysed.Results: Findings revealed the importance of acknowledging authentic and diverse linguistic resources that learners bring from their socio-cultural backgrounds as well as the use of multimodal literacies in the classroom context.Conclusion: This study concludes that languaging allowed learners and student teachers to exploit multimodalities and linguistic repertoires that they bring from their socio-cultural backgrounds.Contribution: This study demonstrates the pedagogical literacy strategies that created live dialogical engagements between student teachers and learners. These can be useful to teacher educators as well as teachers in the Foundation Phase contexts and thus improve literacy teaching and learning, especially in indigenous languages.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor n/a
Date 2023-05-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v13i1.1184
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 13, No 1 (2023); 11 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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Coverage — — 23-25 Females
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Pretty Neliswa Magangxa, Deidre Chante Geduld