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ERIC Number: EJ835915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1081-3004
English as a Second Language Learners' Exploration of Multimodal Texts in a Junior High School
Ajayi, Lasisi
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n7 p585-595 Apr 2009
This study is concerned with the significance of the affordances of multimodality in contemporary conceptualizations of ESL/literacy pedagogies. Using a cellular phone advertisement, 18 students composed visual representations of their understandings of the text. Drawing on the social semiotic framework of Kress and van Leeuwen, the annotated drawings of the students were analyzed and interpreted for meaning making. The findings showed that multimodal texts afforded the students opportunities for diverse interpretations and representations of visual images based on the interplay of self-identity and social-cultural worlds. (Contains 9 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A