Teaching and learning involve more than just language. The teachers' use of gestures, the classroom spaces they occupy and the movements they make, as well as the tools they use, work together with language as a multimodal ensemble of meanings. Embodied teaching is about applying the understandings from multimodal communication to the classroom. It is about helping teachers recognise that the moves they make and the tools they use in the classroom are part of their pedagogy and contribute to the design of the students’ learning experience.
In response to the changing profile and needs of learners in this digital age, pedagogic shifts are required. A shift is the evolving role of teachers from authority of knowledge to designers of learning. This book discusses how, using examples drawn from case studies, teachers can use corporeal resources and (digital) tools to design learning experiences for their students. It advances the argument that the study of the teachers' use of language, gestures, positioning, and movement in the classroom, from a multimodal perspective, can be productive.
This book is intended for educational researchers and teacher practitioners, as well as curriculum specialists and policy makers. The central proposition is that as teachers develop a semiotic awareness of how their use of various meaning-making resources express their unique pedagogy they can use these multimodal resources aptly and fluently to design meaningful learning experiences. This book also presents a case for further research in educational semiotics to understand the embodied ways of meaning-making in the pedagogic context.
Table of Contents
1. Embodied Teaching 2. Multimodal Pedagogic Discourse 3. Spatial Pedagogy 4. Pedagogic Gestures 5. Semiotic Technologies 6. Multimodal Classroom Orchestration 7. Designing Learning
Fei Victor Lim is Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has published and been cited for his work in multimodal discourse analysis, designs for learning through classroom orchestration, and multimodal literacy. He serves on the editorial team of the Asia Pacific Journal of Education, Computers and Composition, and Designs for Learning. He is also Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of several research grants. He was previously Lead Specialist and Deputy Director, Technologies for Learning, at the Singapore Ministry of Education, where he has experience in translational research, policy formulation, and programme development, with a focus on how educational technology can improve teaching and learning.
"A book that brings the profound relevance of what has long been overlooked into clear focus."---Gunther Kress (1940–2019), Professor of Semiotics and Education, University College London, UK
"In this volume, Lim demonstrates the power of a systemic view on multimodality to not only examine embodied teaching, but to show semiotic resources can be best utilized in concert for effective pedagogy."---Thomas Martin Amundrud, Associate Professor, English Education, Nara University of Education, Japan
"Lim has produced a book that any ELT teacher, curriculum specialist, or educational researcher would be well served to include in his or her library as a reference and practical guide or as a key text on embodied teaching."---Sheida Marzban, PhD Candidate, University of Pannonia, Hungary, review in Multimodal Communication
"[This book] would be a useful starting point and source of reference for teachers who are looking to deepen their understanding of multimodal communication and digital communicative technologies within the context of teaching and learning [...] a useful text for groups of teachers collaborating in teams for professional development in this area."---Dr. Jonathon Adams, Senior Specialist, English Language Institute of Singapore (ELIS), Ministry of Education, review in ELIS Book Recommendation
"This book greatly contributes to our knowledge about classroom teaching, teacher training, and policymaking. We believe it will also be a fine reference book in many research areas related to teaching, such as educational semiotics, multimodality, and particularly systemic functional multimodal discourse analysis."---Xiaolan Wei and Professor Xueyan Yang, Fudan University, China, review in Language and Education, DOI: 10.1080/09500782.2021.1889580
"[This book] provides both research insights and practical tips for literacy educators to engage 21st century students in the language lessons."---Dr Willy Renandya, Principal Lecturer, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, review in Teachers Voices: Professional Development, https://www.facebook.com/groups/teachervoices/permalink/4379980992065899
"This book demonstrates the author’s academic interests and extensive knowledge in educational semiotics, embodied teaching, and multimodal resources… a useful resource for educational researchers, policymakers, administrator and curriculum specialists to design learning suitable to students."---Dr Chen Wang (2021), Department of Foreign Languages, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China, review in Innovations in Education and Teaching International, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14703297.2021.1918464