Fall 2018 - EDUC 925 G001

Multiliteracies and Multimodalities (3)

Class Number: 1963

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    HCC 1525, Vancouver



Students will explore current theory, practice and research in multiliteracies and multimodality in formal and informal education contexts. Through the lenses of critical pedagogies, cultures and diversity, the course examines a range of topics including globalization, digital literacies, adult and community literacies, the multimodalities of youth and maker cultures and implications for pedagogies inside and outside of schools. Participants will also engage in field studies designed to critically engage theory and method in authentic settings.


This core offering in the PhD program Languages, Cultures and Literacies integrates two courses, 925 and 926 (total 6 credits). In this joint-course offering students will read widely into foundational and emerging theories of languages, cultures and literacies. Our work is to develop new understandings of how multicultural/multilingual societies develop literacies in their citizens, how languages and literacies are implicated in social processes and the ways in which literacy and language education and research may be recruited into action toward social change. A core activity is attendance at the Heart of City Festival in downtown Vancouver in October/November 2018. This intergenerational festival is located on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil Waututh and Musqueam Nations and brings together artists, storytellers, educators and community groups as a “high impact, bridge building force” that gives voice to this vibrant multiliterate, multilingual, multi-ethnic urban community. Attendance and participation at the festival provides a context for students to explore critical, plurilingual and multimodal literacies in action, as well as ethnographic research methods.


To provide a foundation in theories and philosophies of literacy and language learning and research and tie these to critical themes in culture and society; To create opportunities for students to gain hands-on experiences in research in authentic contexts; To support students to develop promising directions and foci for their doctoral research;  To develop educational leadership and facilitation skills in university contexts.


  • Draft of theory paper 25%
  • Feedback to peers 20%
  • Discussion leadership 15%
  • Final theory paper 40%



Required articles and book chapters will be accessible online via Canvas and the SFU library.  

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