The Power of Image: Developing a visual literacy in the language classroom

Thanks to digital technology, never have we been able to access, create and manipulate such a great variety of images in so little time. This workshop analyses ways images have been traditionally used in the language classroom – as visual aids or as prompts to language production – and seeks out some alternative which place the image at the centre of our classroom practice. Among others, we study how images can be exploited in their own right and used to foster intercultural awareness in class. In doing so, we will attempt to develop a visual literacy, presenting tasks which feature many different image types – icons, maps, artworks, visual aids, etc. – and encouraging students to interpret, rather than simply describe, these images.

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