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Multimodal literacy and Brazilian children’s picture books

by Professor Viviane M. Heberle, Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Date                  11 March 2015
Time                  5:30pm-6:30pm
Venue                BC302
Medium             English

Nowadays literacy must be understood in terms of reading and writing practices linked to new technologies and different multimodal resources. For young learners, children’s picture books (whether in paper, cell phones, or in other virtual format) play an important role. Drawing on Halliday & Matthiessen (2004; 2014) as well as Kress & van Leeuwen’s work (2006) and research by Christie (2005), Callow (1999), and Painter, Martin & Unsworth (2013), in this talk I focus on Brazilian children’s picture books by exploring visual and verbal resources in two award-winning books. The analysis is part of an on-going project on literacy and multimodal narratives in contemporary social practices and I hope it may contribute to present-day educational practices.

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