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ERIC Number: EJ806903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
Meaning-Making, Multimodal Representation, and Transformative Pedagogy: An Exploration of Meaning Construction Instructional Practices in an ESL High School Classroom
Ajayi, Lasisi
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v7 n3-4 p206-229 Jul 2008
This study was an exploration of how high school language learners and their teacher jointly constructed word meanings through multimodal representation and the sociopolitical reality of learners' lives as mediating factors in the context of simultaneous multiple learning activities. Thirty-three high school Advanced ESL 3 students were taught using a political text, photographs, and a campaign video clip. Using a variety of learning activities--meaning guessing, campaign advertisement, and cartoon strips; group and whole-class activities--learners negotiated meanings of selected vocabulary items and phrases in the text. A close analysis of the students' scripts revealed that they used multimodal resources as a tool to convey their identity/subjectivity in meaning-making engagements. I recommend a meaning-making theoretical framework and classroom practices that link English language learners with the sociocontextual frame of learning, critique and challenge social power relations between migrant English learners and the broader society, and emphasize transformation as the goal of pedagogical processes in the classroom. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California