Today’s secondary classrooms are increasingly diverse places and skilled English teachers need to be able to develop flexible teaching strategies that can be adapted to best serve diverse learners with divergent needs. This textbook for pre-service teachers gives them pragmatic guidance on the major aspects of literacy teaching, and how to draw insight research and apply it in diverse classrooms. Key coverage includes: • The fundamental aspects of teaching reading and writing to adolescent learners. • How to intelligently select and use literature with secondary students. • Multi-literacies and the use of technology in English teaching. • Assessment strategies for the classroom. • Teaching techniques for developing reading comprehension. This is essential reading for anyone training to teach English in secondary classrooms, and for recently qualified teachers looking to sharpen their practice.

Multiliteracies and Multimodalities

Multiliteracies and Multimodalities
Multiliteracies and Multimodalities
Chapter objectives

  • To define the concepts of multiliteracies and multimodalities.
  • To consider comprehension and composition of multimodal texts.
  • To understand and apply Cope and Kalantzis’ Learning by Design model.
Key questions

  • What do multiliteracies and multimodalities mean?
  • What are the implications of this knowledge on teaching and learning?
  • How are these considered in curriculum, planning and assessment?
Key words:

Multiliteracies, multimodalities, multimodal text, design elements, Learning by Design model.


In Chapter 1 we explored the notion that literate practice in the twenty-first century is multifaceted, involving the ways in which people communicate across borders and across modes and mediums. Back at the turn of this century Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (2000) edited a seminal book entitled: Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures. Interestingly the ...

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