Do We Spy a Kind of Hope? Critical Social Literacy in Kurdistan

By Tatzia Langlo and Ali Mahmood Jukil Galali.

Published by The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities

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In Kurdistan, the northern region of Iraq, Kurdish is one of the official languages and Sorani, one of several strands of Kurdish, is the language of instruction. This study seeks to show that critical social literacy (CSL) can facilitate education in processes that transcend the ability to read or write in a particular language and thereby bridge gaps between learning and learners in institutions and communities. This case study examines the possible meaning and introductory definition of CSL as applied in the Erbil-Kurdistan Region of Iraq, presents obstacles confronted in practice, and explores the possibilities for adapting CSL to communities throughout the globe experiencing challenges related to language, power, and identity.

Keywords: theme: Pedagogy and Curriculum, Curriculum Reform, Social and Cultural Diversities, Identity

International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities, Volume 20, Issue 2, March 2014, pp.61-72. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 12, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 436.827KB)).

Tatzia Langlo

MA/PhD Graduate Student, Department of Education , Cultural Perspective and Comparative Education, Gevirtz College of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Tatzia Langlo is a graduate student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Gevirtz College of Education. She holds a BA in communication, with a research focus of cultural communication in education; a minor in education; and an additional degree in early child education. She studies in the focus of cultural perspectives and comparative education. Research interests reach into the development of global learning-teaching communities and the need for increased communication, cultural, and contextual competencies involved with interacting as global citizens on the stage of the global world.

Dr. Ali Mahmood Jukil Galali

Head of Department of English Language, The Department of English Language, College of Basic Education, Salahaddin University - Hawler, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq

Dr. Ali Mahmood Jukil Galali is a professor and researcher at Salahaddin University - Hawler at Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. His work covers areas involving the history of Kurdish people and Kurdistan, in addition to the history and development of education system and policy in Kurdistan. In relation to these areas of his research his work and research examines issues of language and nation-building, ethnic rights and sustainability, identity, and power.