G4 Doctoral dissertation (monograph)
Monimediaisen kieltenopetuksen vaikutuksia oppijan autonomiaan, motivaatioon ja vapaa-ajan kielen käyttöön (2021)

Markkanen, M. (2021). Monimediaisen kieltenopetuksen vaikutuksia oppijan autonomiaan, motivaatioon ja vapaa-ajan kielen käyttöön [Doctoral dissertation]. Jyväskylän yliopisto. JYU dissertations, 448. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8905-7

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All authors or editors: Markkanen, Marjo

ISBN: 978-951-39-8905-7

Journal or series: JYU dissertations

eISSN: 2489-9003

Publication year: 2021

Number in series: 448

Number of pages in the book: 1 verkkoaineisto (303 sivua)

Publisher: Jyväskylän yliopisto

Place of Publication: Jyväskylä

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: Finnish

Persistent website address: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-39-8905-7

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel


This dissertation on foreign language learning aims to clarify the impact of multimodal pedagogy on the learning process of learners who study German as an optional B2 language at comprehensive school. The dissertation pertains to the field of applied language studies, and its theoretical framework is based on the multimodal learning model. Language learning is approached through the sociocultural conception of learning, and the perspective on learning is ecological. The aim is to examine how multimodal pedagogy affects the autonomy and motivation of learners of German, what its effects on teaching are, and what kinds of learners it especially suits. In addition, the dissertation explores the roles of learner and teacher in an autonomous learning process and how learners’ autonomous learning process can be supported. A further focus of analysis is how a learner’s idea of language and its learning will affect learning. The study is qualitative action research implemented as longitudinal classroom research. The research data were collected from a group of students in a B2 German class during Years 8 and 9 at comprehensive school (N = 14). The data comprise four questionnaires, two interviews, eight learning tasks, related out-puts and feedback questionnaires, and the learners’ visual narratives. The research method is qualitative content analysis complemented by quantitative analysis on part of the data. The results of the study show that multimodal pedagogy has a positive impact on learner autonomy and motivation as well as supports their development. It also provides a more structured idea of the way this is realised for different learners. The study complies with earlier research suggesting that learners’ active participation in planning and implementing the learning process strengthens their study motivation. It also demonstrates that the learning process is affected by several simultaneous factors, which is why it is important to consider learning as an entity. The results can be applied in teaching foreign languages and developing learning materials based on multimodal pedagogy. The study offers language teachers examples of the use of multimodal pedagogy in teaching and of things to consider for a successful learning process. It also identifies obstacles that prevent learners from benefiting from multimodal pedagogy and presents forms of support that teachers can use in such situations.

Keywords: languages; learning; language learning; use of language; leisure; autonomy (societal properties); motivation (mental objects); pedagogy; multilingualism; transmedia

Free keywords: multimodal pedagogy; learner autonomy; motivation; conception of language learning; language learning process; multilingualism

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Reporting Year: 2021

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