Language Learning at The Open University
This module examines our understanding of inclusive practice within the context of the global goal of literacy-for-all. Through the lens of literacy this module explores how learner agency is viewed and can be enabled. By examining predominant approaches to issues of social justice and learning (individualist, social constructionist and socioculturalist), it offers access to a broad range of issues associated with literacy, reflecting back on students’ understanding of wider issues relevant to a range of inclusive practices, learners and learning contexts. This module not only provides insight into the key debates associated with literacy and inclusive practice, it also explores the dominant functional and critical responses to literacy as well as to teaching and assessment more widely. It provides students with tools to examine and research their own practice and conceptualisations, so they are better able to understand what it is to be literate and how they can support the learners with whom they work.