Challenges Faced by Grade 7 English Language Teachers in Infusing Multimodal Texts – A Qualitative Study (74973)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences & Languages Education
Session Chair: Alexius Chia

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 10:30
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 702
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This presentation shares the findings of a qualitative study that investigated the incorporation of multimodal texts into English Language lessons. The study was motivated by the evolving literacy landscape and the growing recognition of the importance of multiliteracies in English Language syllabuses.

Using an observation-intervention-observation design, the research focused on three Grade 7 English Language classes to gain insights into teachers' experiences. The study included classroom observations, a collaborative intervention phase where teachers explored various ways to incorporate multimodal texts into their teaching, and interviews.

The presentation highlights the voices of the teachers, sharing their perceptions, reflections, and challenges encountered while implementing the new units of work. Among the obstacles identified were the necessity for teachers to update their content knowledge to negotiate multimodal texts confidently and to use them in their lessons. A well-structured framework for understanding multimodal texts was also identified as essential for delivering lessons with clarity and impact. Additionally, the presentation underscores the importance of professional development initiatives in supporting educators' growth and promoting effective multimodal teaching approaches.

The findings reveal crucial components needed for successful integration of multimodal texts in English Language education: continuous updating of content knowledge by teachers, development of a robust framework for comprehension, and dedicated time for exploring diverse pedagogical strategies. Empowering teachers with these tools and opportunities for exploration will lead to enriched learning experiences, preparing students to thrive in an interconnected and dynamic world of education.

Alexius Chia, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

About the Presenter(s)
Dr Alexius Chia is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore

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