Students are expected to explore the ways conventions and structures are used in written, digital, multimedia and cinematic texts to entertain, inform and persuade audiences, and …use their growing knowledge of textual features to explain how texts make an impact on different audiences.


Multimodal texts

Professional Workshop lead by Dr Jon Callow

You are invited to a full day professional workshop lead by Dr Jon Callow ( Sydney University) exploring visual and multimodal literacies and the future of texts to come. Texts provide the means for communication. They can be written, spoken or multimodal, and in print or digital/online forms. Multimodal texts combine language with other means of communication such as visual images, soundtrack or spoken word, as in film or computer presentation media. Texts provide important opportunities for learning about aspects of human experience and about aesthetic value.


The day will involve professional input and practical applications to classroom practice which should prove to be very informative and intellectually stimulating.

Dr Jon Callow is an experienced educator, having worked in schools, universities and in professional development for teachers in Australia and internationally. He is a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney. His research interests include visual literacy, social justice and pedagogy and digital media.


9.30- 3.30PM


( 19 Lovedale St, Wilston)

Learning Intents from the day:

This full day workshop facilitated by Dr Jon Callow will directly support teachers to

• develop professional knowledge of how visual texts are viewed and comprehended (functional semiotic framework)

• develop a metalanguage to use when analysing visual and multimodal texts

• consider how to apply this knowledge when analysing, responding to and creating literature

• develop new and creative approaches to teaching that support students to enjoy, engage with and critically interpret all types of texts.

• Develop a practical understanding of the complexity of multimodal texts for teachers to use in their classroom

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Term 3 Combined English Academic Coordinator, Teachers & STIE Secondary

iLearn Code:BCE03641

(limited places)

For Further information contact:

  • John Walsh ( Education Officer –Secondary Curriculum, BCE South Service Centre, Springwood)
  • Kim Summers ( Education Officer – English Curriculum, Dutton Park)
  • Michael Barra ( Education Officer – Secondary Curriculum, BCE North Service Centre, North Lakes)

Publications by Jon Callow

His publications include:

• Callow, J. (2013). The Shape of Text to Come: how image and text work. Sydney, Australia: Primary English Teachers Association Australia (PETAA)

• Arthur, L., Callow, J., Cole, B., Gilbert, S., Hatton, C., Hertzberg, M., Mooney, M., Munns, G., Nanlohy, P., Orlando, J., et al (2013). A new Monday morning and beyond. In Geoff Munns, Wayne Sawyer, Bronwyn Cole (Eds.), Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, (pp. 187-190). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

• Zammit, K., Callow, J. (2013). Literacies in challenging contexts. In Geoff Munns, Wayne Sawyer, Bronwyn Cole (Eds.), Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, (pp. 109-122). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

• Sawyer, W., Callow, J., Munns, G., Zammit, K. (2013). What exemplary teachers do. In Geoff Munns, Wayne Sawyer, Bronwyn Cole (Eds.), Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty, (pp. 90-108). Oxon, UK: Routledge.

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