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In an age where the use of electronic media is expanding and the nature of traditional texts and text-based learning is changing, new literacies are becoming increasingly important in the school classroom. This volume examines how new literacies can be used in the English curriculum, and presents a series of research-based studies applied to every level of school-age education. The chapters examine: early literacy; picture books; the internet; secondary school English; and the problems of assessment in the new literacy age. This forward-thinking volume will be of interest to teachers and academics researching education, literacy, applied linguistics, and social semiotic theory.
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I. Introduction; 1. Negotiating New Literacies in English Teaching, Len Unsworth (University of New England, Australia); II Multimodality in Early Literacy Learning; 2. The Designs of Culture, Knowledge, and Interaction in the Reading of Language and Image, Peter Freebody (University of Sydney, Australia) and Bette Zhang Bin (The University of Queensland, Australia); 3. Multimodal Texts and Emergent Literacy in Early Childhood (Jane Ton, Macquarie University, Australia); III. Interpreting Literary Picture Books: Social Semiotic Perspectives; 4. Anthropocentricism and the Hacceitas of Nature in Multimodal Ecological Discourses for Children (John Stephens); 5. The Role of Colour in Children's Picture Books, Clare Painter (University of New South Wales, Australia); 6. Intermodal Reconcilation: Mates in Arms, J. R. Martin (University of Sydney, Australia); 7. Savvy Sambo: Appraising an Icon, Corinne Buckland (University of New England) and Andrew Simpson (SOAS, UK); IV. New English and Net-Age Students in the Middle Years; 8. Machinima: Composing 3D multimedia narratives (Angela Thomas); 9. Comparing and Composing Digital Re-presentations of Literature: Multimedia Authoring and Meta-communicative Knowledge, Len Unsworth, (University of New England, Australia); V. Re-Thinking Text Responses in Secondary School English; 10. Senior Secondary English and Its goals, Frances Christie (University of Sydney, Australia) and Sally Humphrey(University of Sydney, Australia); 11. Appreciation and Interpretatiion of Prose Fiction Online, Kristina Love (University of Melbourne, Australia); VI. Challenges of Assessment in the English Curriculum; 12. The Influence of Images in Reading Comprehension Assessment in Group Texts, Ann Daly and Kate O'Donnell (University of Canberra, Australia); 13. Multiliteracies and 'Basic Skills' Accountability, Mary Macken-Horarik (University of Canberra, Australia); 14. Secondary School English, Literacy Examinations and Attitude: Utilizing Appraisal to Interpret Values in Image/Text Relations, David Baxter and Andrew Simpson; 15. Assessing Digital Literacies: Can Assessment Ever Be the Same?, Claire Wyatt-Smith (Griffith University, Australia); Appendix 1: Performance Terrain in Shaping Online Multimodal; Texts; Index.

About the Author

Len Unsworth is Professor in English and Literacies Education at the University of New England in Armidale, Australia.


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