Addressing Religious Diversity through Children’s Literature: An “English as a Foreign Language” Classroom in Israel

Rawia Hayik


Conflicts between different religious groups occasionally arise in my Christian and Muslim Israeli-Arab EFL students’ school and area. In an attempt to increase students’ knowledge of and respect for other faiths in the region, I conducted practitioner inquiry research in my religiously diverse Middle-Eastern classroom. Grounded in critical literacy, I used a book set of religion-based literature alongside critical literacy engagements to effect some change in students’ tolerance towards other faiths. This article describes my journey of exploring students’ reader responses to religion-based texts and issues. 


religious diversity, multicultural literature, critical literacy, stereotype, Israel

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