With the broadening of literacy concepts over the past 20 years to embrace the changing textual and cultural landscape, we now become literate by developing our knowledge and skills engaging with words, images, sounds, interactive digital texts and other multiple modes of communication. More ‘traditional’ reading and writing, still central to becoming literate, is now woven into other texts that involve viewing, performing, drawing, dancing, swiping, snapping, editing, winning (and losing) posting (and deleting) as well as enjoying and sharing all types of texts.
Drawing on the pedagogical principles of scaffolding successful meaning making for learners, this keynote will present an overview of some current approaches to working with multimodal texts. Considering a range of learners, including EAL/D students, working with multimodal texts should be based in rich oral language experiences, supporting students as they read and view before writing and creating. We will also look at some ways to explore visual and multimodal texts as readers, using a metalanguage, links between reading and writing, engaging children’s literature, the role of digital technology, text innovation and some practical classroom activities and ideas.