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Language Learning: A Multimodal Research (University Lecture)

April 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

Keynote Speech by Dr. Jeff Bezemer at the 2019 Second Language Acquisition Symposium

In the past 20 years the notion of multimodality has spread across the humanities and social sciences. It was originally introduced by semioticians and scholars in social interaction to challenge long-standing beliefs about language, communication and learning. It questions, for instance, the assumption that speech and writing are the main means of human communication, and the main expressive resources to prompt and shape learning. This has far reaching consequences for anyone interested in language learning, whether as researcher, teacher, or learner. First, in terms of defining a curriculum: What, from a multimodal perspective, counts as ‘language’, and what counts as ‘a’ language? What is to be learned and what is to be taught in order for someone to communicate effectively in culturally and socially specific environments? Second, in terms of pedagogy: What do multimodal language learning environments look like, in and out of schools? What modes are available for their design, and how do they shape what and how learners learn? As well as exploring these two interrelated questions, I will in this talk reflect critically on (often incongruous) terminology, old and new, that is now used to describe multimodal communication.

Learn more and register at: https://symposium.sla.wisc.edu/



April 19, 2019
1:00 pm
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Varsity Hall, Union South
1308 W Dayton Street


Office of the Secretary of the Faculty