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Reading Multimodally: Guiding L2 Learners to Interpret Everyday Web Texts

April 7, 2021

Webinar presented by Kristen Michelson, Texas Tech University.

Contemporary communication and literacy practices increasingly occur in virtual spaces where texts are inherently multimodal. Yet, research and practice in second language (L2) reading lags behind everyday literacy practices by focusing primarily on linguistic modes of communication while underplaying the role of other semiotic modes in texts. In this webinar we will explore reading as a way of encountering second language cultural practices and perspectives. Participants will learn strategies for: 1) finding and curating authentic multimodal texts around specific cultural themes, 2) adapting and using frameworks for engaging students in reading multimodal texts, and 3) incorporating multimodal reading in the L2 classroom in tandem with language learning objectives.