Friday, May 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Developing Primary English Learners' Visual Literacy for a Multimodal World LIMITED

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Visual literacy is a necessary skill for young learners in the 21st century, which is increasingly image and media driven. Primary English language teachers frequently use visuals to make language input comprehensible, but how often do teachers focus on teaching students to interpret images critically and build visual literacy? Simply put, visual literacy is the ability to construct meaning from images. The relationship between text and image is an important aspect of learning to read in a language. With increased use of authentic, multimodal texts with photos, illustrations, information graphics, and videos in instruction, visual literacy should be an integral part of English language teaching and learning. Grounded in Yenawine’s (2013) work in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), this presentation will show how to teach visual literacy, critical thinking, and communication skills in the primary English language classroom. It provides primary English teachers with practical activities that will enhance English literacy instruction and prepare young learners for communication in a multimodal world.

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Dr. Joan Kang Shin

George Mason University, USA
Dr. Joan Kang Shin is an Associate Professor of Education at George Mason University and the Academic Program Coordinator of the Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners (TCLDEL) program. Dr. Shin specializes in teaching ESL/EFL to young learners and teenagers... Read More →

Friday May 15, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Salón Chirripó 2nd Floor