Effect of Multimodal Environments on English As A Second Language Students’ Learning
Abstract: Many instructors find it challenging to engage English as a Second Language (ESL) students in course content. Early in our academic life, we are exposed to the traditional lecture model where the teacher stands in the front of the class and delivers the facts while the students sit in the audience and attempt to absorb the lesson. The research evaluated in this brief paper leans more towards the use of Information and Communication Technology to develop multimodal lessons with motivating strategies to engage ESL students in course content. It was also discovered that although there has been a growth of Information and Communication Technology (ITC) in today’s classrooms, teachers are still hesitant to implement multimodal lessons. The intention of this paper is to initiate critical conversations that will identify the kinds of multimodal lessons and activities ESL instructors can implement into their classrooms to create a multimodal environment to cultivate motivation and engage students in the learning process.