Fostering Students’ Multiliteracies through Multimodalities Afforded by Emerging Technologies
National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Keynote for ALLT, NTUST, Taipei, 2021
The transformation of traditional literacy practices toward multiliteracies has become a keen area of research in recent times, as interests in exploring how modalities can support students to enhance their communicative intent. Even though affordances of digital technology in enhancing students’ language learning are extensive, its integration in course design and implementation, particularly in English as a Foreign Language (EFL), is not without difficulties. This is largely due to the fragmental and receptive shortcomings of traditional literacy educational practices, such as drill practices.
This presentation will report on different projects which engaged students in interweaving different modalities to create content via Youtube, AR, VR, or Service Robots, that aims to promote Taiwan, while uplifting their multiliteracies. These projects focused on advanced level undergraduate students taking a one-semester Multimedia English course at a university in Central Taiwan. The project findings illustrated students’ active learning in regenerating knowledge about their culture to both local and foreign audiences with language learning. The pedagogical implications for language teachers will be discussed, based upon how these affordances allowed students to interweave different modalities to advance their digital competencies and multiliteracies.
Hui-Chin Yeh is currently a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages and Associate Dean in College Humanities and Applied Science at National Yunlin University of Science and Technology in Taiwan. Her research interests center on EFL teacher education, computer-assisted language learning, and multimodality. She has received a variety of different awards for her work, including a Teaching Excellence Award in 2010, an excellent mentor award in 2011, a distinguished young scholar award from the Ministry of Science and Technology in 2011 and 2017, research excellence awards in 2014 and 2020, as well as a Yunduo award in teaching and mentoring in 2016. Her Multimedia English course has been certified as a quality e-learning course by the Ministry of Education of Taiwan. In addition, in recognition of several different language systems developed, five patent achievements have been honored with the TWPatentDB status. She hopes her efforts in different areas can contribute to academia.