Online Teacher Training Using the Knowledge Framework and the Teaching–Learning Cycle for Literacy Development

Social Practices in Higher Education - A Knowledge Framework Approach to Linguistic Research and Teaching - Tammy Slater

Stephanie Link [+-]
Oklahoma State University
Stephanie Link is an Assistant Professor of TESL/Applied Linguistics and Director of International Composition at Oklahoma State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and a dual Masters degree from Winona State University in Minnesota, USA and Tamkang University in Taiwan. She primarily teaches graduate-level courses in TESL, grammatical analysis, language and technology, and research methods. Her research interests include the study of emerging technologies for language learning and assessment, written genre analysis, and L2 pedagogy. Her most recent work is on automated writing evaluation and can be found in the Journal of English for Specific Purposes, Journal of Second Language Writing, Language Learning & Technology, System, and CALICO Journal.
Jesse Gleason [+-]
Southern Connecticut State University
Jesse Gleason is an Assistant Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she teaches in the Bilingual/Multicultural Education & TESOL, Spanish, and Elementary Bilingual Education programs and coordinates the World Language Teacher Certification program. Her research interests include academic literacy development and technology-mediated language instruction. She regularly presents her research internationally and has published work in journals such as System, Language, Culture & Curriculum, and Language and Education.


Bernard Mohan published his seminal work on integrating language and content in 1986. In his book, he discussed the concept of a social practice, an educational activity that can be considered as action in a frame of meaning, or a “knowledge framework” (KF). These activities, as this book argues, are central to a cluster of educational issues that are being discussed in systemic functional linguistics (SFL), such as multimodality, register, and language development. Mohan’s book introduced an SFL-based heuristic that provides both a theoretical framework for researching the language of human activities and a springboard for organizing pedagogic tasks that can help teachers bring explicit language development into content teaching. This volume brings together the latest research on using Mohan’s SFL-based theory at institutions of higher learning. There is little argument against the idea that language is a critical part of content teaching, as language is the primary medium through which teaching and learning is carried out and assessed (Janzen, 2008; Mohan, Leung, & Slater, 2010; Schleppegrell, 2004). Nor do educators dispute the notion that subject-based literacy development is essential for students to succeed academically and professionally (Gibbons, 2009). Yet often students arrive in higher education from backgrounds that may not have prepared them for study using the academic language and knowledge they need. How can content teachers in higher education help these students succeed in their specialized classes? In other words, how might studies that examine the social practices of higher education add to our understanding of the development of disciplinary literacy from a linguistically informed theoretical perspective? One outcome of this book is to show how a functional approach to language research can be a major tool for research on aspects of the tradition of John Dewey who, as a pragmatist, regarded knowledge functionally “as arising from an active adaptation of the human organism to its environment” ( Another outcome is to illustrate the complexity of the role activities/social practices play in education, not only for learners but for teachers and the learning communities in general. This is the first book to empirically examine the linguistic demands of the activities/social practices that occur in and across areas of higher education. It provides empirically grounded examples of how Mohan’s SFL-based work can be and is being implemented in colleges and universities and, through this, adds to the conversations that are occurring around the use of educational activities that are used to teach and describe disciplinary literacy and the integrated development of language and content.

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Link, Stephanie; Gleason, Jesse. Online Teacher Training Using the Knowledge Framework and the Teaching–Learning Cycle for Literacy Development. Social Practices in Higher Education - A Knowledge Framework Approach to Linguistic Research and Teaching. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781797402. Date accessed: 02 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39913. Oct 2021

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