mobile phones; m-novel; teenagers; South Africa; new literacy studies; new literacies; literacy

m4Lit: A Teen M-novel Project in South Africa

Posted by MarkWeingarten on Apr 15, 2011
m4Lit: A Teen M-novel Project in South Africa data sheet 917 Views
Vosloo, Steve, Marion Walton, and Ana Deumert
Publication Type: 
Report/White paper
Publication Date: 
Jul 2009

The m4Lit (mobile phones for literacy) pilot project will create a mobile novel (m-novel), published on a mobisite in English and in isiXhosa, to explore ways of supporting teen leisure reading and writing around fictional texts in South Africa, using mobile media.

The story will be published serially and invite readers to interact with it as it unfolds – teens will vote on and discuss the unfolding plot, leave comments, and finally submit a written piece as part of a competition. The study will contribute to the understanding of mobile literacies, from a new literacy studies perspective.