1st Edition

Multimodality and Classroom Languaging Dynamics An Ecosocial Semiotic Perspective in Asian Contexts

By Dan Shi Copyright 2022
    324 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This practical analytical guide to classroom languaging dynamics in L2 tertiary classrooms integrates multimodality, sociological theory of education and ecosocial semiotic perspectives. It offers a theoretical and methodological framework for conducting multimodal analysis of meaning-making processes in different pedagogical settings.

    The multimodal investigation of real-time classroom interactivity showcases an embodied coordination of vocalization and gesticulation in classroom interactions, where it varies from students’ solo speech in individual presentations, to teacher-student interactions in group discussions, and to student-student interactions in role-play. With a unified conceptual framework articulating both the macro and micro analysis, this book proposes more ecological-based approaches to language and unpacks a multi-scalar analytical framework to open up for an embodied analysis of meaning-making processes in multimodal interaction analysis. The rich systematic analysis built upon the ecosocial semiotic approach illustrates in practice how theoretical frameworks link to empirical data analysis through exemplified analytical processes and practices, and demonstrates the value of how multimodal interaction analysis contributes to the understanding of the cognitive dynamics of languaging activities that take place in L2 educational contexts.

    The book provides not only a practical methodological guide to multimodal interaction analysis, but also hands-on analytical references to multimodal classroom research in the field. In addition to early career scholars and PhD students, this volume will be valuable for international academics looking for complementary frameworks or approaches to multimodality, particularly in the L2 Asian contexts.

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    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Chapter 2 Languaging Dynamics and Multimodality

    Chapter 3 Multimodal Interaction Analysis

    Chapter 4 Pedagogic Discourse Structuring and Recontextualization

    Chapter 5 Literary Text Recontextualization in Languaging Dynamics I

    Chapter 6 Literary Text Recontextualization in Languaging Dynamics II

    Chapter 7 Multimodal Sense Making and Embodied Coordination

    Chapter 8 Meaning, Consciousness and Identity

    Chapter 9 Conclusion




    Dan Shi is Assistant Professor in Applied Linguistics in the School of Education and English, University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Her research areas include multimodality, distributed language and cognition, Systemic Functional Linguistics, classroom discourse analysis, genre-based pedagogy, sociological theory of education, with her current work on contextualisation, learning styles and scaffolding within L2 contexts to explore the connections between visual, spatial and verbal resources in learners' engagements with texts.