SIoE Seminar - Professor Kay O'Halloran
Multimodality: Representing meaning in multiple modes in English Language and across the curriculum
Professor Kay O'Halloran
University of Liverpool
I explore the notion of multimodality in relation to English Language teaching and learning by drawing on relevant theory and examining applications to pedagogy. Following this, I broaden the focus to other subjects (e.g. mathematics and science) and the ways in which digital technology can deepen understanding of subject-specific knowledge in schools.
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Kay O’Halloran is Head of Department and Chair Professor in Communication & Media (2019-present) and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2017–2020). Prior this, she was Research Leader of the Multimodal Analysis Group at Curtin University (2013-2019) and founding Director of the Multimodal Analysis Lab in the Interactive & Digital Media Institute at the National University of Singapore (2007-2013). She was a member of the Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore for fifteen years (1998-2013).
Kay’s research field is multimodal analysis, involving the study of the interaction of language, images and other resources in texts, interactions and events. Her main focus is the development of digital tools and techniques for multimodal analysis and mixed methods approaches to big data analytics. She has over 120 publications and has given 40 plenary and keynote presentations at international conferences. Kay is the founding editor of the Routledge Studies in Multimodality research book series which has published 32 books.