Primary Multimodal Classroom

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Multimodality in the Classroom 
At PBS, Indonesian teaching professionals engage in ongoing
professional development both in teaching and language skills. They become
expert in ‘code-switching’ techniques. Multimodality is concerned with several
possible modes or manners in which a person learns or in which a teacher
addresses the learners. In each learning situation deeper understanding is
achieved through the use of different modes of perception, participation and
representation, which support each other. Verbal communication in a PBS
classroom means gradual interplay of two languages: the learners mother tongue,
and an additional language, where ‘code-switching’ is a natural phenomena in
the early stages of L2 development. Non-verbal input makes the verbal message
more precise thus increasing comprehension of shared information. Learners
construct one universal and abstract representational system when verbal, nonverbal,
and symbolic concepts converge in both languages.

Meeting Learners’ Needs

ELL’sLesson Planning

Multimodality Classroom

Teacher/Learner Interaction