Multimodality implies multiple forms of communication, such as images, words, and actions, all dependent on each other to create a holistic meaning. A multimodal text is an integration of several modes of communication such as images, printed text, and the spoken word in order to convey a message. In other words, multimodality refers to the situation where one individual mode depends on other modes to complete a communicative process.
The websites often incorporate a diversity of images and audio files into their designs. Accordingly, learners’ learning experiences are effected within a visual, aural and interactive environment. It is the impact of diverse communicative sources which promotes student learning. Using multimodal input helps learners to tailor their learning according to their own preferences. The issue of multimodality may also be considered as a question of design as it draws attention to learners’ needs. Such a notion of design is closely related to the criteria for the construction of good websites. A research project is outlined showing how to take advantage of the opportunities of multimodal presentations offered by websites and offers practical idea to refine class teaching.
|Keywords:||Multimodality, Second Language Acquisition|
Assistant Professor, Department of Applied English, St. John’s University, Taipei City, Taiwan