Reading in the Australian curriculum English : describing the effects of structure and organisation on multimodal texts

Exley, Beryl E. & Cottrell, Amber (2012) Reading in the Australian curriculum English : describing the effects of structure and organisation on multimodal texts. English in Australia, 47(2), pp. 91-98.


The recently introduced Australian Curriculum: English Version 3.0 (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority [ACARA], 2012) requires students to ‘read’ multimodal text and describe the effects of structure and organisation. We begin this article by tracing the variable understandings of what reading multimodal text might entail through the Framing Paper (National Curriculum Board, 2008), the Framing Paper Consultation Report (National Curriculum Board, 2009a), the Shaping Paper (National Curriculum Board, 2009b) and Version 3.0 of the Australian Curriculum English (ACARA, 2012). Our findings show that the theoretical and descriptive framework for doing so is implicit. Drawing together multiple but internally coherent theories from the field of semiotics, we suggest one way to work towards three Year 5 learning outcomes from the reading/writing mode. The affordances of assembling a broad but explicit technical metalanguage for an informed reading of the integrated design elements of multimodal texts are noted.

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ID Code: 50904
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: multimodal text, grammar, visual design, auditory design, gestural design, spatial design, linguistic design, semantic displacement
ISSN: 0155-2147
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE ESL and TESOL) (130204)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Beryl Exley & Amber Cottrell
Deposited On: 14 Jun 2012 23:01
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 19:43

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