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Title: Teaching reading through multimodal texts
Contributor(s): Chan, Eveline  (author)orcid ; Zhang, Zuocheng  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
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Abstract: The teaching of reading in English language learning settings, and in the context of education more generally, is influenced by the purposes for reading and by the changing nature of texts brought about by the impact of digital technologies on reading practices. Digital technologies have transformed the way in which texts are produced, distributed, and consumed (Kress, 2005, 2010). Contemporary reading materials in both print and digital formats include a complex interplay of written text, images, and design elements. Such texts can be described as multimodal: they combine different sets of semiotic resources for making meaning, such as language, image, and spatial patterns, and communicate these meanings through multiple sensory modes and media (Jewitt, 2005, 2008; Kress, 2003; Lemke, 2006). For example, online news websites often include written articles accompanied by images, video, infographics, and interactive elements to engage and communicate information to readers; business reports may use graphics to summarise complex data or to highlight significant findings; and language learning materials frequently include images and audio to support the comprehension of written text to make meaning more accessible to learners. Images have the potential to convey powerful cultural messages, as they do in media texts and advertising campaigns. Digital texts readily combine sound effects and music with animated images to engage readers and often include interactive elements as well, bringing an element of joint construction to reading and viewing activities.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Asian English Language Classrooms: Where Theory and Practice Meet, p. 49-70
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781138800861
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390108 LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930201 Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160302 Pedagogy
160301 Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Research in Language Education
Editor: Editor(s): H P Widodo, A Wood, D Gupta
Appears in Collections:Book Chapter
School of Education

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