“You’re the boss, yo!”: Role-Play in Digital Multimodal Composition of Newcomer Youth





This case study explores how two 16-year-old newcomer youth in a Canadian secondary school navigated the digital multimodal composition process through role-play in their first digital video production at school. Employing a qualitative, case-study design, the study shows how the youth playfully accentuated collaborative over coercive power relations, as well as repositioned and represented their imagined identities as they played different assigned roles in the filmmaking process. The implications of these findings are discussed for educators and researchers considering digital multimodal composition as a classroom literacy practice.

Author Biography

Amir Michalovich, University of British Columbia

Amir Michalovich is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation research explores digital multimodal composition among refugee-background youth. His research and teaching explore digital multimodal composition, media literacy, qualitative data analysis, and classroom interaction. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7226-3254




How to Cite

Michalovich, A. (2021). “You’re the boss, yo!”: Role-Play in Digital Multimodal Composition of Newcomer Youth. Language and Literacy, 23(1), 25–48. https://doi.org/10.20360/langandlit29503