Expanding Meaning-Making Possibilities: Bilingual Students’ Perspectives on Multimodal Composing

Blaine E. Smith, Irina Malova, Natalie Amgott

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This chapter examines the perspectives of 98 bilingual 10th-grade students who participated in three multimodal instructional units in an English Language Arts class. Based on a qualitative analysis of design interviews, written reflections, and video observations, this study presents the main themes of students’ perspectives on the affordances of multimodal composition, including unique opportunities for conceptualizing through visuals and sounds, communicating in innovative ways, expressing identities, and contextualizing literature. Main constraints discussed by the students are also presented ranging from various technical issues to “finding the right mode.” Building on these perspectives, this chapter concludes with implications for research and practice when integrating digital multimodal composing into the multilingual classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMultimodal Composing in K-16 ESL and EFL Education
Subtitle of host publicationMultilingual Perspectives
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9789811605307
ISBN (Print)9789811605291
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Adolescents
  • Bilingual
  • Multimodal composition
  • Social semiotics
  • Student perspectives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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