We are delighted to announce the first publication of the Visual Arts Circle in collaboration with the ELT Council. ‘The Image in English Language Teaching’ is a book edited by Kieran Donaghy and Daniel Xerri that features contributions by leading experts in the use of images in language education such as Ben Goldstein, Anna Whitcher, Antonia Clare, Paul Driver, Sylvia Karasthati, Paul Dummett, Magdalena Wasilewska, Andreia Zakime,Elena Domínguez Romero, Jelena Bobkina, Candy Fresacher, Tyson Seburn, Chrysa Papalazarou, Magdalena Brzezinska, Emma Louise Pratt, Samantha Lewis, Jean Theuma, and Valéria Benévolo França who are all also members of the Visual Arts Circle. The book includes a preface by Gunther Kress, Professor of Semiotics and Education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media Within the Institute of Education of University College London. The book is available by open access thanks to the support of the ELT Council. You can download the book by clicking on the following link The Image in English Language Teaching (2017).
What if? is a short animation written and produced by Anna Whitcher and Kieran Donaghy with support by EMC design. The video aims to encourage teachers and students to reflect on the increasingly important role of film-making in our educational system and schools. As the moving image is rapidly becoming the primary mode of communication all over the world, it is necessary for students not just to be able to ‘read’ the screen – to be able to analyse, interpret and discuss film texts – but also to ‘write’ the screen – to create their own films. When students create their own short films and videos they improve their language skills and communicative competence, as well as developing skills such as collaboration, decision-making and creativity, which are in demand in the modern-day workplace.
We call on all teachers and their students to make a short film, and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .The best film will win a copy of Kieran’s bestselling methodology book Film in Action.
Let us know what you think of the film in the comments below.