Checking in with Blog Carnival #5: Beyond a “Single Language/Single Modality” Approach to Writing

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This year, our blog carnival seeks to highlight the affordances of connecting multilingual and multimodal approaches to writing. Our contributors come from a variety of linguistic, cultural, and academic backgrounds, and they are teaching us about the various ways we can continue to expand our conceptions of writing beyond any dominant modality or language.

While our blog carnival is still in full swing, and though we have many more contributions coming, we wanted to share a compiled list of contributions that can inspire further conversation. Please check out the list of contributors below, and comment or Tweet @SweetlandDRC to let us know how you are using these conversations in your own classrooms and projects. We’d love to keep talking about the value of technological and linguistic diversity in classrooms, digital spaces, technical and professional communication, and more!

As you read the pieces in this blog carnival, here are some questions or thoughts you might consider:

  • How can we incorporate conversations about linguistic diversity into our writing classrooms?

  • How do the pieces in this blog carnival speak to each other? How do they speak to broader conversations about multimodality and multilingualism?

  • What connections do you see between the work of our blog carnival contributors? How can we keep building these connections and continue talking about language and modality across disciplines?

  • How can we use the connections between multilingualism and multimodality to continue highlighting the benefits of composing across languages and modes?

Here are the blog carnival contributions so far. We will keep adding to this list as more voices join this conversation, so be sure to keep checking the list of blog carnival posts here:

Also, check out the Storify compilation of our #DRCChat about multilingualism and multimodality! It’s not too late to join in!

About Author(s)

Laura Gonzales is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at the University of Texas, El Paso. Her research focuses on highlighting the benefits of linguistic diversity in professional and academic spaces.

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