The purpose of the research is to formulate a multimodal strategy that can assist the teachers that handle students with English as their secondary languages.
There are two gaps identified by the researchers that have enabled them to conduct this research. These are as follows (Walsh et al, 2015):
– The rapid globalization that has alteration in demography
– Rapid spread of digital communication forms to enhance the interaction which seems to convey a combination of right and wrong information.
With the delivery of a multimodal strategy, it is possible to address the demographic shifts as well as deliver the essential information to the concerned students. Four categories of people have been identified by the authors to understand the difference – indigenous population, recent immigrants, Australia born students and refugees. These groups seemed to have greater differences in their languages and approaches. As a result, English is regarded as a dialect and an additional language for the students to develop their knowledge.
The research context has been chosen rightly. It is set for a third grade classroom where the students belong to varied backgrounds and are adapting in unique languages. The concept of using wiki and localized website to instruct and support students on a social science topic is fresh. The students are exposed to five week experiment to study their responses. Based on the information collected from wiki and their respective blogs, students were asked to prepare a video which was used as a medium to analyse the understanding.
The enthusiastic presentation clearly displayed their eagerness and thorough insights gained from the lesson. Consequently, the problem lied in the quality of language. The content displayed a lack of vocabulary and poor expertise which led to blank explanations and repetitive words like stuff. The advantage of this idea was that many kids were excited about the use of visual effects and gestures that helped them to learn better than the conventional forms of learning.