2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Visual Literacy and Classic Texts in the English Classroom
Victoria M. Palumbo♦
Dr. Rebecca Dierking, Dr. Barbara Price, and Dr. Priscilla Riggle, Faculty Mentors

Current research highlights two issues facing English educators: a global demand for more than traditional print literacy skills and a persistent reluctance to engage with classic literary texts. Visual literacy teaching seeks to help students build critical multimedia literacy skills and transfer those skills across situations. In this presentation, I use the work of three focus students to demonstrate the effects of utilizing film in the classroom to teach critical communication and analytical skills. Pairing a popular visual text with a traditionally taught print text connects what the classics can teach students to the diverse professional and cultural demands of the present. Findings highlight what potential lies in integrating visual literacy into instructional practice and address the critical need for multi-literate students who can successfully transact with today's multi-media world.

Keywords: visual literacy, film in the classroom , teaching classic texts

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: -4
Location: VH 1224
Time: 1:45

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