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From percentage to prediction: University students meeting a parallel language of visuals and numerals
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2011 (English)In: Ibérica, ISSN 1139-7241, no 22, 123-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A less-frequently discussed parallel-linguistic issue is the parallel language of visuals and numerals: the diagrams, tables, models, mathematical signs and different symbols that students have to deal with in their reading and writing. Texts are multimodal, that is they are constructed with visual objects and different sign systems as well as writing. For new students, it can be difficult to grasp how visuals and numerals can have different meanings in different contexts, such as academic disciplines. For teachers, the disciplinary use of the visuals and numerals is often so ingrained that they may have difficulty seeing the problems that students face. Drawing on the theoretical framework of social semiotics and the neo-Vygotskian perspective, this article shows how new students of economics in Sweden encounter a multimodal academic literacy. The article also discusses some of the difficulties relating to this situation and arguesfor a raised awareness among teachers in order to scaffold students intoacademic, visual literacies.

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2011. no 22, 123-139 p.
Keyword [en]
multimodality, visuals, numerals, disciplinary writing, scaffolding
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-63161ISI: 000297403100007OAI: diva2:447070
Available from: 2011-10-10 Created: 2011-10-10 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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