Rationale for Selection of the Multimodal Texts
Effective presentation of the resume will require the presenter to facilitate listening, speaking, reading and viewing of the ideas contained in the presentation. While these activities can be achieved independently and in isolation, multimodal texts have the potential to combine all the activities in a single medium. This makes multimodal texts the most desirable tool to compose and present print, sound and visual information.
Multimodal texts have been selected as the media choice for presenting the items suggested in the proposal. Multimodal texts utilize more than one creative component such as written and spoken language, visuals both still and moving, audio, gestural and spatial illustrations of ideas, opinions and information in general.
Multimodal texts make use of linguistic tools such as vocabulary, structure, grammar etc. of both spoken and written English. Visual components in multimodal texts depict color and viewpoints of moving and stationary images that specifically attract the attention of the audience. Audio aspects such as volume, pitch and rhythm of the sound effects make the audience maintain longer spans of attentiveness which is paramount when dealing with a mixed type of audience in terms of age and gender composition. Gestural aspects are the other major component that will be utilized in the presentation. It is important to use body movements and facial expressions to emphasize on important ideas and information. Spatial component will be primarily in form of the presentation layout and organization of the objects in the visual and textual components to ensure that the audience can follow the presentation and can retain the flow of ideas and information.
Using multimodal texts will be a refashioning of the ideas contained in the proposal to make the elaboration easy and simplified while at the same time pleasing to the audience who will remain glued to the presentation. Multimodal texts have the potential to influence the achievement of the goals and objectives highlighted in the proposal by creating a clearer picture of the information contained in the proposal to the audience who are particularly significant in the development of the proposal from a wish to a reality.
Basically, as a creative writer I will take advantage of technology based media and multimodal composition to present my qualifications and experience to the interviewers. Despite the fact that majority of my audience are not yet familiar with this emerging tools, I am particularly positive that they will be in a position to enjoy the presentation and consider me for the position. This is in line with the fact that tacit method of presentation limits on creativity while multimodal texts facilitate the full realization and utilization of creativity in presentation. This makes multimodal text the preferred method of presenting the resume as a way of seeking employment. The use of multimodal texts grants the audience an opportunity to internalize the information in an interesting but simplified manner. The practice has proved an effective presentation tool for teachers and research students who have now shifted into digital modes of communication using multimodal tools.
1. Write your own Multimodal Project Proposal using the guidelines below. Flesh out the plan you have for your creative piece and the rationale behind it. You need to give specific reasons for the mode you are using, whether it’s audio, visual, or text-based.
Your Multimodal Project Proposal must include 4 parts:
The résumé strategy you want to focus on;
Your working thesis (1 sentence; what you’ll be trying to get across in a different medium);
The medium you plan to use and why: Photo essay, short video, collage, interactive story, and so on (2-3 sentences);
A brief rationale for your choice of medium (4-5 sentences)