Professor Teresa Morell (University of Alicante, Spain) presents her talk “Multimodality in face to face academic communication: meeting the needs of foreign/second language teachers and presenters.”
Abstract: Teaching or presenting in a language that is other than one’s own constitutes one of the greatest challenges for many international academics. These scholars frequently claim lack of confidence in the vehicular language, but often are unaware of the potential of paralinguistic features and non-verbal modes of communication. In this interactive talk, we will examine a framework designed to raise academic’s awareness of what and how we communicate in university classrooms and at international conferences. This multimodal and Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) model provides a description of the types of information conveyed as well as the affordances of the verbal (spoken and written) and non-verbal (materials and body language) modes of communication. As will be illustrated, this framework may be used not only to carry out a multimodal discourse analysis, but also to develop speakers’ multimodal competence.
This event is co-sponsored with ILETC.
This event is free and open to the public.