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


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! (As of 2/2/2018 this Storify has been archived and shared below)

Archived Storify:
Last night’s Twitter #DRCchat turned out out to be quite a lively discussion! The conversation was so rich, in fact, that we couldn’t even get to all our prepared questions. The chat was meant to extend and enrich our most recent Blog Carnival on Multimodality and Multilingualism and I think we were incredibly successful in that regard. I especially like this mode of discussion as a means to take the Carnival beyond the “walls” of the DRC and encourage more voices in the twittersphere. Moderators @linzharding and @rhetgrrrl posed a number of fascinating discussion questions and joined in on the conversation as well. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this event! Revisit last night’s chat in a “storified” round-up of questions and responses, below:


  • Laura Gonzales

    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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