Classrooms are increasingly multicultural in their social composition, and students are increasingly connected, through digital media, to local and global networks. However, pedagogy has failed to take full advantage of the opportunities these resources represent. Multilingual Digital Storytelling draws attention to the interfaces between learner engagement, creativity and critical digital literacy, as well as addressing the multilingual within the multiliteracies framework.

Addressing a significant gap in the field of multiliteracies by focusing on multilingualism, this book explores new digital spaces for language learning and methods of extending understandings of youth literacy in an increasingly interconnected world. Drawing on innovative and multi-site research projects based in mainstream and community schools in London and overseas, this book discusses how young people become engaged creatively and critically with literacy by demonstrating how digital storytelling can be used as a tool for language development. The book begins by considering linguistic, cultural, cognitive and social dimensions of language learning from a theoretical perspective, whilst the second part focuses on practical case studies that reflect and illustrate these theoretical principles.

Offering a powerful new perspective on multiliteracies pedagogy, Multilingual Digital Storytelling will appeal to researchers and academics in the fields of education, applied linguistics, sociology and youth and community studies. It will also be an invaluable resource for teachers, teacher educators, curriculum planners and policymakers.

chapter 1|10 pages


ByJim Anderson, Vicky Macleroy

part I|117 pages


chapter 2|29 pages

Language and literacy

Challenging monocultural discourses
ByJim Anderson

chapter 3|26 pages

Digital technology, culture and learning

Dialogical and critical approaches
ByJohn Jessel

chapter 4|19 pages

From literacy to multiliteracies

ByVicky Macleroy

chapter 5|19 pages

Student participant-researchers

Learner agency and creative engagement
ByAnna Carlile

chapter 6|22 pages

Crossing the school gates

Connecting schools, communities and homes
ByYu-Chiao Chung

part II|139 pages


chapter 7|15 pages

Critical Connections

Multilingual Digital Storytelling Project: Introduction and research methodology
ByAnderson Jim, Macleroy Vicky

chapter 8|17 pages

Language learning, multilingual repertoires and identity

ByAnderson Jim

chapter 9|15 pages

Multimodal composition and creativity

ByVicky Macleroy

chapter 10|10 pages

Culture, international partnerships and active citizenship

ByYu-Chiao Chung

chapter 11|15 pages

Learner autonomy, critical thinking and student voice

ByVicky Macleroy

chapter 12|10 pages

Engagement and motivation

ByJim Anderson

chapter 13|13 pages

Sites of learning

School, home, community and online
ByYu-Chiao Chung

chapter 14|22 pages

The Critical Connections pedagogical framework

ByAnderson Jim

chapter 15|13 pages

Curriculum policy, planning and professional development

ByMacleroy Vicky

chapter 16|7 pages

Reflections and implications for multilingual digital literacy

ByAnderson Jim, Macleroy Vicky