Hilary Janks is a professor in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
She is the editor and an author of the Critical language awareness series of workbooks and the author of Literacy and power (Routledge, 2009).
teaching and research are in the areas of language education in multilingual classrooms, language policy and critical literacy.
As a teacher educator, she
has been committed to improving the quality of language and literacy education in South Africa, and other multilingual contexts, for most of her
life as an academic.
works in poorly resourced schools with children learning through the medium of English even though it is not their home
research is in the area of critical literacy which is concerned with the relationship between language/literacy and power, diversity, access and design and redesign.
work is committed to a search for equity and social justice in contexts of poverty