This book introduces Critical Language Awareness (CLA) Pedagogy as a robust and research-grounded framework to engage and support students in critical examinations of language, identity, privilege and power.

Starting with an accessible introduction to CLA, chapters cover key topics—including World Englishes, linguistic prejudice, news media literacy, inclusive language practices, and more—in an inviting and thought-provoking way to promote reflection and analysis. Part I provides an overview of the foundations of CLA pedagogy, while Part II highlights four instructional pathways for CLA pedagogy: Sociolinguistics, Critical Academic Literacies, Media/Discourse Analysis, and Communicating Across Difference. Each pathways chapter is structured around Essential Questions and Transferrable Skills, and includes three thematic learning sequences. Part III offers tools and guidance for tailoring CLA pedagogy to the reader’s own teaching context and to students’ individual needs.

The volume’s wealth of resources and activities are a pedagogical toolkit for supporting and embracing linguistic diversity in the classroom. The cohesive framework, concrete strategies, engaging activities, and guiding questions in this volume allow readers to come away with not only a deeper understanding of CLA, but also a clear roadmap for implementing CLA pedagogy in the classroom.

Synthesizing relevant research from educational linguistics and writing studies, this book is ideal for courses in English/literacy education, college composition, L2 writing instruction, and educational linguistics.

part Part I|78 pages

Foundations of CLA Pedagogy

chapter 1|24 pages


Why Do We Need CLA Pedagogy?

chapter 2|26 pages

What is CLA?

History and Concepts

chapter 3|26 pages

How and Why Does CLA Pedagogy Work?

Principles and Best Practices

part Part II|176 pages

Four Pathways for CLA Pedagogy

chapter Part II|5 pages


chapter 4|44 pages

The Sociolinguistics Pathway

chapter 5|46 pages

The Critical Academic Literacies Pathway

chapter 6|43 pages

The Media/Discourse Analysis Pathway

part Part III|82 pages

Charting Your Own Journey with CLA Pedagogy

chapter |1 pages

Introduction to Part III

chapter 9|35 pages

Infusing CLA into Classroom Instruction

chapter 10|22 pages

Going Further with CLA