Multimodalis the use of more than one communication mode to make meaning theyinclude for instance images, music, spoken language and gestures.They are complex texts that require knowledge and skills so that onecan know what choice to make among the available communication modesavailable in order to effectively construct meaning (Archer, pp.2-4).
Letterwriting has become a social and cultural practice and books haveexplored this writing genre as material items, documents, forms ofcommunication as well as expression. In the modern days print andmedia based technologies have made available different modes ofmaking meaning(Ó’Halloran, 2-5)Reconfiguration of image and writing on screen is very significant inwriting and reading.in this case recognizing the multimodal characterof writing that impacts on conventional understandings of readings(Walsh)
Thereare different multimodalities of letter writing which include themedia, for instance blogs, wiki and power point presentations. Letterwriting has to be clarifying, therapeutic or reflective. In thisregard, the many modes may include among others writing of journals,memoirs, letters to peers, autobiographies, writing of truthstatements, quick writes and personal learning statements (Rowsell &Walsh).
Inletter writing multimodalities that are used include word attempts,words and texts of images for the purpose of performing imageannotation. Text analysis is also used so as to describe theimportant objects in images (Djonovpp1)
Someof the most commonly used multimodal in the past times include postcards which are informal written communication. These are portablecards that are stiff and can be written on knee or in hand. The spaceis limited though it made the short written communication veryattractive. The post cards did not as well feature conventionalorthography and grammatically Standard English. Pictures are alsoother forms of multimodal elements which can be used in writtencommunication.
Inwriting of letters one needs to create a friendly and easy goingpersona. This is done by using the first person so that you audiencefeels close to you. It is notable that the you and the active voiceis used in letter writing which focuses on the reader (Roy, pp. 105).In this case, the audience of the letter will not feel as if they arejust a number, instead they will feel close to the reader and thatthey are being addressed personally.
Thetone goes hand in hand with persona as the attitude is usuallyprojected in the letter. The tone is very much important as it hasthe same effect as it has when you speak to someone. For instance itis easy to note sarcasm, seriousness, moralistic or even patronizingattitude in a letter (Rozmiarek, pp 36). In letter writing, it iscrucial, depending on the type of letter, that one creates aprofessional and compassionate. Authenticity of the letter is alsocrucial in letter wring as it brings out the character of the writer.
Theaudience will react to according to the integrity, competence andauthority of the letter that is brought out by the writer’spersona. The letters must be authoritative if the issues involvedare serious this is because they are likely to earn their respectfrom the audience.
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