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date: 21 November 2019

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Chapter 36 addresses the leading questions that arise from the use of adaptations in the classroom. Why must teachers engage with adaptation? How can adaptation promote the highest aims of English studies? How can it transform the focus of English and the humanities? How can teachers use adaptation theories as the basis for specific pedagogical practices? How can they use adaptation in assessing student learning? Arguing that adaptation reflects what English has always been about, even as it beckons toward a new model of English studies more responsive to a contemporary digital culture that treats texts and their meanings as constantly evolving rather than canonical, the essay urges teachers to help students to develop an active, productive literacy through adaptation.

Keywords: active literacy, adaptation, English, learning, pedagogy

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