Teaching Multimodal Literacy: Issues in the Pedagogisation of Multimodal Studies

Start:         Dec 12,   2018 05:00 PM
End:          Dec 12,   2018 06:30 PM

Location: Room 803, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way London WC1H 0AL

This session focuses on the development of an approach to teach multimodal literacy in secondary school students. In light of the demands in the contemporary digital communication environment, education systems all over the world are increasingly recognising the importance of developing multimodal literacy in students – to view multimodal texts critically, and to create multimodal representations effectively. The challenge for educators is how to design meaningful learning experiences to equip students with knowing ‘what to look out for’ in multimodal texts and ‘how to make’ compelling multimodal representations. Dr Victor Lim Fei, of the National Institute of Education, Singapore argues that the theoretical advancements made in the field of multimodal studies can inform classroom instruction. He will share his experience in developing an approach, based on Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis and Learning by Designs Framework, to teach multimodal literacy to secondary school students in Singapore. The discussion will highlight the assumptions, issues, and implications in the journey of translating theory into practice.

About the speaker

Dr Victor Lim Fei is Assistant Professor at the English Language and Literature Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Victor’s research focuses on the confluence of multimodality, literacy, and digital technology. He is interested in how and what we should teach in today’s digital age.

The Visual and Multimodal Research Forum is a platform for academic discussion on multimodality which is free and open to all postgraduate research students and other researchers from both UCL and other universities. The Forum is one of the activities of the UCL Centre for Multimodal Research and is facilitated by Sophia Diamantopoulou. For any enquiries, please contact sophia.diamantopoulou@ucl.ac.uk. For information about future events visit:  https://multimodalforum.wordpress.com


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