I’d like to put focus on Corporeal Differences, specifically on race. Many people generalize intelligence through structural racism. Examples of these generalizations are: Asians are smart, Blondes are bimbos, Blacks are athletically inclined, etc. These generalizations and assumptions are deep-rooted in society. Some would even think of them as a norm; however, these ideas should be discredited. Race (or age) is not the only indicator for an individual to create meaning or redesign concepts. There’s more to literacy than just skin color.
Let’s take a look at new businesses, specifically with businesses that involve teaching English online to non-English speakers. We see a lot of physical differences (even symbolic differences) in its workforce, and somehow, these variety of differences make the business more successful. There are more rooms to explore and a wider range of ideas is prominent in this set-up. Knowledge exchange from different races and ages, make it easier for the business to thrive in the digital age.
Here, we utilize multimodality literacies to address the dimension of differences. Each race has a different culture, where values, learning capacities and lifeworld attributes revolve. Because of this, the workers have different modes of learning where they excel at. One might be good at writing, another may surpass some in audio and oral, etc. This is when multimodality literacies would be of utmost use. We utilize their specialized modes and the mode they less prefer. We combine them to improve the mode they less excel at. At some point, this will provide equal footing to all workers, which will significantly improve their understanding for other cultures; thus, creating more pathways to success.
A diverse environment with various races and structural beliefs will have more understanding and more ideas to improve learner’s capacities, once they’ve surpassed all their corporal diversities.