Digital Literacy And Multimodal Literacy

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TWorking with multimodal texts is an important aspect of becoming literate” (Derewianka & Jones, 2012, p. 190). Being literate is not just about acquiring the skills of spoken and written forms of language but understanding the social and cultural effects of literacy (Marsh & Hallet). Within society, the social and cultural aspects are changing dramatically from written print-based texts to a technological advanced world of digital screen based texts “becoming literate means learning about how literacy is used in the varied social and cultural worlds that form part of young children’s lives. Becoming literate is also a multimodal journey.” (Marsh & Hallet, 2008, p. 138) Today almost everyone living in a first world country has access to the…show more content…
It is referred to as “ the meaning-making that occurs through the reading, viewing, understanding, responding to and producing and inter-acting with multimedia and digital texts” (Walsh, 2010p. 213). Multimodal literacy is related to the advancing technological world of communication however, being multimodal includes more than just digital communication. Multimodal literacy occurs when two or more semiotic systems are used. There are five semiotic systems including, linguistic, visual, audio, gestural and spatial (Anstey & Bull, 2016). Linguistic includes; vocabulary and grammar of oral and written language. Visual includes; colour, viewpoint, layout and design. Audio includes; sound, volume, pitch and rhythm. Gestural includes; movement, speed, body language and facial expression. Spatial includes; organisation of objects in a space, proximity, direction and layout (Anstey & Bull, 2016). To be multimodal means applying two different semiotic systems to…show more content…
Outside the walls of the classroom and teacher education, the world is advancing to be more multimodal. With the increase in technology, children have access to multimodal texts everyday through digital devices. Children are able to access sites, communicating instantly through text, social media, photographs and videos. As teachers it is important to educate children how to use multimodal literacy effectively. All children learn and communicate in different ways involving four main learning styles including visual, auditory, read-write and kinesthetic (Leite, Svinicki, 2010). Not every child learns the same way, meaning multimodal literacy is an important aspect for student education. Multimodal literacy helps students who struggle with communication through written language to explain their ideas through a different mode. “Multimodal pedagogy has been found to expand students communication options helping them to make connections, build on their funds of knowledge, engage in peer learning, and understand and transform their meaning-making potential”(Loerts & Heydon, 2016, p. 2). This is evident for English as an additional language (EALD) learners who struggle to communicate in a traditional sense. Multimodal literacy offers EALD students different pathways for learning, and gives these students an alternative way to participate in the classroom. This allows teachers to identify EALD students strengths,
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