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Download a Free Copy of My Latest Book: The Image in English Language Teaching

Posted on November 4, 2017 by kierandonaghy

I am delighted to announce the publication of my latest book ‘The Image in English Language Teaching’. The book is available by open access thanks to the support of the ELT Council. You can download a free copy from the Visual Arts Circle website.

“The Image in English Language Teaching” is a groundbreaking book that encourages teachers to approach images as a significant component of communicating in a foreign language, and as a means of fostering students’ communicative competence and creativity. The book urges teachers to use images critically and creatively, as well as encourages students to resist the passivity they might feel towards images by becoming more active viewers and more visually literate.

The book is edited by Daniel Xerri and I, and  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.


20 thoughts on “Download a Free Copy of My Latest Book: The Image in English Language Teaching

  1. Excellent material for the curious teacher who believes in the power of images to promote and communicate in English. Congratulations on this new, thoughtful tool for mindful teachers and students.

      • Kieran, I just want to say thank you for all of your hard work. I really appreciate, truly, from the bottom of my heart all the details, the films that you put here to support us all, as teachers. You have saved me hours of work and I love coming onto this site and seeing new information. I have downloaded your book and I will begin reading this. I am though, one of those teachers who loves visual image. We have to use visual image in the classroom, it is a pre-requisite not something that I could ever do without, so I am wondering who your targeted audience is here, when you say those teachers who are resistant to visual image? Who? Take care and looking forward to sharing resources and stories with you on your website again. Best wishes, Tatiana.

        • Hi Tatiana,

          Thanks very much for your kind words. I’m delighted you find the lessons so useful. Unfortunately, not all teachers are as convinced as you of the benefits of using images and are resistant to visual image in language learning. I hope you enjoy the book.

          All the best,


  2. Thank you for your work on teaching English with film. I have used several of your ideas here in the Philippines, where I have been volunteering in a school for street kids.

    • Hi Robert,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment. I’m very happy you’ve found my ideas useful when teaching street kids.
      All the best,

  3. Congratulations and many thanks. It’s heartening to witness self-expression and mutual understanding being wrought from image – a catalyst for communication, growth and change.

  4. congratulations on your new publication! i bought your previous ‘oeuvre’ and enjoy using it here in france – i think it has given me a reputation for being a bit hip as a teacher when i tell my students that we’re ‘going to watch a film’!
    (the french system is still in the dark ages re teaching methods)

    • Hi Liddy,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I’m very happy you find “Film in Action” useful and that it’s helped you gain a reputation as a hip teacher!
      All the best,

  5. I have been using your videos and ideas for a long time and reading these essays makes me want to continue doing so. You should see my students’ eyes when they watch the videos and they realize that, apart form enjoying them, the images actually make them think and analyze their own lives. Thanks for your work!

  6. Thanks ever so much Kieran for your attention and generosity. A really good approach to use in language classes. I also want to thank you for all the film material you make available to us.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic ideas! I have been truly inspired as a teacher. I have used some of your lessons and they were a great success.

    Best regards,

  8. Hi Kieran,

    any thoughts on using VTS, Visual Thinking Strategies, in an English teaching environment?