Literacies for Learning Essay
Theory of multiliteracies pedagogy.
Student No 11473840
Charles Sturt University
Word Count: 2195
Date Due: 04 June, 2012
The necessity for educational institutions to equip students with the skills to cope in a rapidly changing, culturally diverse and globalised 21st century society, has led academics, such as the New London Group, to encourage educators to acknowledge the various literacy forms utilised in the new millennium (The New London Group, 1996) and to adopt a pedagogy of multiliteracies. This essay will explore the components of a pedagogy of multiliteracies and identify the transformations needed for the successful implementation of …show more content…
Walsh (2006) cites an example of successfully teaching his students literacy practices, through social relationships. Students worked in groups and were able to demonstrate specific social language structures. They were able to “enact, recognise and negotiate” in a social environment (The New London Group, 1996, p. 3) by design and re-design of Internet web pages. The created web pages were diverse, with each student using their own discourse to create what they believed the web page should contain. Prior to using multi-modal and digital literacy mediums in their teaching, it is essential that teachers be aware of cognitive and language factors in learning. The ability to use multimodal learning, digital literacies and genres specific to each curriculum area must be carefully planned by the teacher.
According to Winch et al., (2010) a multiliteracy pedagogy involves developing