Institute of Education


Web resources for English as second language in Norwegian schools

09 October 2019, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Norweigan text books

How have digitally mediated resources challenged the near-monopoly of textbooks in the English classroom in Norway? How do they represent curricular topics and construct the interaction with the learner?

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UCL Centre for Multimodal Research


Room 803
UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
20 Bedford Way

There has been a gradual shift from paper-based to web-based learning resources for teaching English as a second language. In this seminar, Dr Sigrid Ørevik (University of Bergen) discusses the changes in text design and communication with the learner that have arisen from this shift.

Drawing from the fields of multiliteracies, multimodality and systemic functional linguistics, she introduces a framework for analysing learning resources, based on Kress and van Leeuwen’s Grammar of Visual Design and Halliday’s linguistics.

The analysis will focus on data from Dr Ørevik’s research regarding two sets of texts from printed coursebooks and web resources used for the subject of English. She will argue that the changes in the media for learning are accompanied by changes in the representation of topics, such as ‘the English-speaking world’, as well as changes to the roles assigned to the users/learners. The research data will be the basis for a discussion on the participatory text culture described in theories of multimodality and multiliteracies.

Visual and Multimodal Research Forum 

Dr Ørevik’s presentation will open the seminar series of the Visual and Multimodal Research Forum for this academic year. It will be preceded by a short tribute to the memory of Professor Gunther Kress, co-director of the Centre for Multimodal Research, who has been the inspiration and driving force behind the Forum over the last ten years.



About the Speaker

Dr Sigrid Ørevik

Associate Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen

Dr Ørevik’s research interests include English Didactics, genre theory, writing instruction and multimodal texts in English as a second language. She is a member of the research group TELL: Text-based English Language learning and of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TeLED) research group.