ML2 – Second Language Literacies

A blog for the Second Language Literacies course from the MA in Learning and Teaching Processes in Second Languages (ML2) at UPB-Medellín

Multimodality and Multiliteracies at school by Christian González and Mauricio Atehortúa

This video is about the concepts of Multimodality and Multiliteracies at some public schools in the city of Medellín, Colombia, and some teachers’ opinions about how their students learn and play with the language at those schools.

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6 comments on “Multimodality and Multiliteracies at school by Christian González and Mauricio Atehortúa

  1. ML2
    September 29, 2013

    You give your students the opportunity to use multimodal texts to show they can use the language to express their ideas. It is very valuable to know our co-workers’ attitudes about the use of multimodal texts in their English classes, this is a way to understand our own practice and improve them to trigger in our students the desire to learn and use the English language.

    Angela Patricia Ocampo C.

  2. juli
    September 29, 2013

    When we as teachers share sceneries with young students, they stablish comparisons and find it as an answer to overcome their fears. Expressions about multimodality allow people understand situations in different contexts, it facilitates different ways of learning, something very useful inside the classrooms today because of new social practices.

  3. Moni Pabon
    October 5, 2013

    In contemporary times we can talk about “multisemiotic nature” of texts
    (Fairlough:2000) and this is also present in our classrooms. Every culture has an imagery that includes different communicative modes and that brings different ways of interpreting signs and new forms of interaction between sing systems so construction of meaning is a process that involves more than we knew before.

    As teachers, we have to take into account this new perspective when students building new meanings. Our classroom must be surrounded by opportunities for students to communicate in differet ways through different modes as we can see in the video.

  4. Beatriz Garcés
    October 7, 2013

    Within the concept of multimodality and multiliteracy is not necessary just to see how we as teachers use modes in the classroom but how our students also use them to express something they like and that affect their daily life and this is what exactly this video tries to show us.

  5. Julian Zapata
    October 9, 2013

    I liked your video; above all, I liked the interviews since they provided a clear and simple way in which modes have been used in the classroom by your colleagues and students; I also liked the way you integrated your workmates and students in this Multimodal project and I loved the background music, which made the clip more appealing and easier to follow until its very end. However, I think it was required a deeper and better explanation of the concepts of Multimodality and Multiliteracy and more images and pictures with English messages.

  6. ML2
    October 14, 2013

    Hi Julian, We made the video with no scripts; we just knew we had one chance of shooting the video, because of matters of time. However, it went fine after all. Thank you for your comments and I agree with you that we lack some images and some better explanation. Thank you all for your comments and your feedback I really appreciate it.

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