International conference paper presentations: A multimodal analysis to determine effectiveness

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Title: International conference paper presentations: A multimodal analysis to determine effectiveness
Authors: Morell, Teresa
Research Group/s: Adquisición y Enseñanza de Segundas Lenguas y Lenguas Extranjeras de la Universidad de Alicante (ACQUA) | Inglés Profesional y Académico (IPA)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Keywords: Multimodality | Semiotic modes | Conference papers | Oral presentations | Academic genre pedagogy | English as a Lingua Franca
Knowledge Area: Filología Inglesa
Issue Date: Jan-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: English for Specific Purposes. 2015, 37: 137-150. doi:10.1016/j.esp.2014.10.002
Abstract: International conference presentations represent one of the biggest challenges for academics using English as a Lingua Franca (ELF). This paper aims to initiate exploration into the multimodal academic discourse of oral presentations, including the verbal, written, non-verbal material (NVM) and body language modes. It offers a Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) and multimodal framework of presentations to enhance mixed-disciplinary ELF academics' awareness of what needs to be taken into account to communicate effectively at conferences. The model is also used to establish evaluation criteria for the presenters' talks and to carry out a multimodal discourse analysis of four well-rated 20-min talks, two from the technical sciences and two from the social sciences in a workshop scenario. The findings from the analysis and interviews indicate that: (a) a greater awareness of the mode affordances and their combinations can lead to improved performances; (b) higher reliance on the visual modes can compensate for verbal deficiencies; and (c) effective speakers tend to use a variety of modes that often overlap but work together to convey specific meanings. However, firm conclusions cannot be drawn on the basis of workshop presentations, and further studies on the multimodal analysis of ‘real conferences’ within specific disciplines are encouraged.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/41722
ISSN: 0889-4906 (Print) | 1873-1937 (Online)
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2014.10.002
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2014.10.002
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INV - IPA - Artículos de Revistas Nacionales e Internacionales

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