Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speaker: Andrés Villamizar
Andrés Villamizar is a tutor in Spanish Studies at RMIT, an ESL Teacher at Swinburne and a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at Monash. His background in visual arts and a passion for language teaching inspired his dissertation, which examines educators’ understanding of visual literacy, and the impact that these interpretations have in their adult English language classrooms.
With the emergence of modern ways to access information, traditional concepts of literacy have departed from an exclusive focus on the written word to recognise the significance of visual representations in language education.
However, although contemporary scholars, educational designers and policy makers have become interested in exploring visual literacy within language learning, explicit discussion on this topic in adult English language teaching (ELT) appears scarce.
This qualitative PhD study investigates how adult English language educators make sense of images through printed and electronic media, and their views on the role of visual literacy in their practice. The project involved one-on-one interviews and focus groups with 15 teachers from five providers of English language intensive courses for overseas students (ELICOS) and Government-funded English as additional language (EAL) programs for adult migrants in Melbourne.
It aims to strengthen adult ELT in Australia by better understanding teachers’ beliefs and attitudes toward visual literacy. It will also highlight what educators need in order to enable learners to effectively embrace the visual as an instrument for meaning making and communication.
This may, in turn, generate positive changes in pedagogic strategies, curriculum design, policy making and professional development, not only in ELT but in the broader area of language education.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).