A Rich Mix: What is English? Integrating Literature, Literacy, Language and Multimodal Dimensions of Meaning-Making in the UK Secondary English Classroom

Alison Douthwaite

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Abstract

This chapter proposes a new tripartite model of critical voice development for secondary English education. It argues that English teachers need a revised, cohesive theory around criticality development that can both account for new practices with technology and mesh productively with existing disciplinary conventions. The chapter reports on attempts to meaningfully integrate iPad usage into the study of literary texts, exploring the experiences of two classes producing multimodal responses to literary texts.
Drawing on Kress' scholarship on multimodality and reader-response theories, it argues that multimodal response can increase motivation, engagement and originality by acknowledging students' cultural agency and giving them access to a broader range of semiotic modes. It highlights way in which task design encourages students to draw on traditional disciplinary skills.
The chapter also explores how the engagement demanded by embodied approaches to learning can have an impact on students' sense of identify and belonging in both positive and difficult ways, underscoring the social and intersubjective dimensions of literacy development. By enabling closer attention to the complexity of criticality development through literary study, the tripartite model may develop our understandings of under-recognised aspects of this process, offering teachers greater scope to imagine productive new ways of working with technology in English Literature classrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLiteracy Unbound
Subtitle of host publicationMultiliterate, Multilingual, Multimodal
EditorsToni Dobinson, Katie Dunworth
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer
Chapter8
Pages153-182
Number of pages29
Volume30
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01255-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01254-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Publication series

NameMultilingual Education
PublisherSpringer
Volume30
ISSN (Print)2213-3208
ISSN (Electronic)2213-3216

Keywords

  • Literacy
  • Multimodality
  • Criticality

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