One of the most daunting changes to the new Syllabus for HSC English is the introduction of Multimodal presentations.

The multimodal presentation is compulsory. You HAVE to do one in year 12 and most likely in Year 11. 

But what on earth is it and how do you actually nail it?

In this video and article, I’m going to explain how you can craft a killer multimodal presentation to help you score that big six in HSC English!

What on Earth is a Multimodal Text?
Step #1: Pay Attention to Assessment Criteria
Step #2: Don’t Treat it Like a Normal Essay
Step #3: Write Your Draft Early
Step #4: Practice Your Delivery

What on Earth is a Multimodal Text?

Now, the key to your presentation for HSC English is the use of Multimodal texts.

But what is a Multimodal text?

Simply put, it’s a combination of two or more communication modes. This could be print, an image, a film or a video for example.

The most common option is an in-class presentation, eg. giving a speech as you play powerpoint slides in the background. 

However, you could also do a:

  • Video 
  • Vlog
  • Audio file
  • Podcast
  • Viva voce (Interview style)

The key thing to note here is that when you’re crafting a multimodal presentation for HSC English you don’t have to put your self in a box and stick with the typical powerpoint style presentation.

Get creative and use some different multimodal texts!

Now that you’ve got your texts, how do you actually craft a presentation?

Step #1: Pay Attention to Assessment Criteria

Multimodal presentations are great. They’re more creative and there’s more room for flexibility.

But honestly, because of that, there is also more risk. 

This is because students tend to miss the HSC English requirements as specifically as they need to.

When it comes to an essay, you often have a lot of the requirements already drilled in your brain because you’ve been doing essays for so long.

A multimodal presentation will have different requirements you haven’t seen before.

This is why it’s really critical that you go through that assessment notification line by line and mark up what’s required for you to nail it.

Sounds simple, but honestly the amount of students that skip this step and just jump straight into creating their presentation is huge.

No matter how wonderfully you present, it’s not going to matter if you haven’t got the criteria right. So that’s step number one.

Step #2: Don’t Treat it Like a Normal Essay

When it comes to Multimodal presentations, you can’t treat it like a regular HSC English essay.

You can’t just chuck everything you would for an essay in. It just won’t be relevant.

Of course, there are things that are similar, such as thinking critically and comparing the ideas within texts.

However, the major difference is the form, the way you’re communicating these ideas.

This means it’s really critical that you create a TEE Table.

A TEE Table helps you to analyse: technique, example and effect.

Here’s what it should look like:

multimodal text tee table

This is an extremely effective way to analyse key ideas and provide effective evidence.

What it gives you is a really powerful framework to aid your analysis within your Multimodal presentation.

It simplifies the concepts and lets you look at them clearly. This will help you if you’re trying to communicate them in a form that’s not as elaborate as an essay, such as a speech.

It also means that if you have to write an essay later, you have your ideas broken down and they can be easily applied.

Here’s a template so you can use it for your HSC English multimodal presentation:

Download your very own TEE Table Template now!

Step #3: Write Your Draft Early

An HSC English multimodal presentation can be interesting because it falls between two different types of language choices.

The first one is formal language, which is what you might typically have for an essay. You’re expected to write very formally.

But on the flip side, this ultimately is a presentation. It’s a speech that you’re giving which can often feel more casual.

You’ve got to find the right balance and a lot of students tend to struggle with this and go to either extreme. 

This means that writing your draft early is critical so that you can get feedback on it to improve your tone.

Feedback from your teacher, a tutor or someone that can help you refine your language is critical.

The key is to start early so that you can nail your choice and tone of a language.

Step #4: Practice your Delivery

If you’re doing a video or a podcast, you can have as many takes as you need to get it right.

But honestly, if you’re delivering a speech, don’t wait until the night before to practice it.

I find that so many students go into these multimodal presentations and just suck at the presentation side.

If you look through your assessment notification, you will have marks allocated towards your ability to present. That’s going to make a difference.

So in the leadup, don’t leave it until the night before. Give yourself more time.

Practice delivering and presenting your presentation to family members, to friends, to a tutor, so that you can get some feedback on what you’re doing well.

You might find that you’re:

  • Fidgeting
  • Wiggling
  • Being too loud
  • Not being loud enough
  • Spitting
  • Talking monotone

And these are just a few examples!

So practice, practice, practice and show it to someone else.

If you follow these 4 steps, you’ll be so much closer to nailing a killer multimodal presentation for HSC English!

Now, go get that Band 6!

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