Wednesday Seminar: Didactic strategies for metalinguistic awareness and critical literacy among students in Mexico

Flor María Ordoñez Vilches, a doctoral candidate at the Autonomous Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca, Mexico. She will give a talk on Metalinguistic awareness and critical literacy.

I will present the preliminary plan for my doctoral thesis, which emerged from interaction in the classroom with students in the Bachelor of Language Teaching at the Faculty of Languages,  Autonomous “Benito Juárez”  University of Oaxaca, Mexico. Within the fields of critical media literacy, traditional literacy and language teaching, my research questions are: What didactic strategies can be useful in teaching metalinguistic awareness in order to allow the students to develop critical thinking skills to achieve different ways of expression? How to integrate these results so that they are applied both in the academic field and in personal life?


The fundamental purpose is to develop multiple strategies with students from different teaching/learning styles, to achieve communication, reflection and analysis. This action-research work will be carried out in a metalinguistic workshop, in the classroom, at the Faculty of Languages. It will be focused on language functions, syntax and semantics specifically. The purpose will be to identify the function that each person gives to the language, learn grammar and some Spanish standards. Finally, we will study semantics to analyze different meanings that will help to compare the same object seen from different languages or perspectives. The planned methodology for the realization of this research will be presented. I comment about the process and activities that I have done until this moment, including more about the interests of the students and some strategies proposed by them. At the same time, I mention other important projects that will be proposed to continue with this research.

 In summary, the What of the project is presented here, How…is the task to be completed, and I will welcome feedback and discussion.


Leena Maria Heikkola and Haley De Korne
Published Oct. 11, 2018 11:11 AM - Last modified Oct. 15, 2019 3:58 PM