Bayview Beach Resort, Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia
27-30 September 1999
Transmodal travel: learning through the crossing of modes in a tertiary classroom in South Africa.
Department of English, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
This presentation is part of a larger research project exploringthe
pedagogic and cognitive consequences of transmodalism. Transmodalism
is a pedagogic method based on multimodality, specifically the
shifting of representational and communicative modes in the interests
of facilitating learning. The session explores three-dimensional
texts produced by learners in relation to the study of verbal
texts. I shall show an extract from a video in which South African
postgraduate students represent their understandings of a canonical
text (in this case, Shakespeare's The Tempest) in non-canonical,
multimodal ways. The session will explore whether pedagogic spaces
open up when learners travel across semiotic modes, for example