Image Conference

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The Image Conference is the only conference in the world  exclusively on the use of film, video, images and gaming in English Language Teaching. The first conference was organised jointly by the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG and UAB Idiomes, and  took place in Barcelona in June 2013. Speakers included renowned experts in video, film, images and gaming Ben GoldsteinJamie KeddieLindsay ClandfieldGraham StanleyKyle MawerCeri Jones, and John Hughes. The Image Conference will become an annual event held in a different city every year.

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Today, our society and our world are saturated with visual stimulation. The visual image has taken over, in a sense, for better or for worse. In the twenty-first century, the ability to interpret and analyse  images is an integral part of literacy. We should therefore see images in all their different forms as a legitimate means to enhance 21st century literacy. For young people to participate fully in our society and its culture means to be as confident in the use and understanding of  images as of the printed word. Both print literacy and visual literacy are essential aspects of literacy in the twenty-first century. We accept that society has a responsibility to help children to read and write; we should also accept we have a responsibility to help children and young people to enjoy, analyse, understand and learn from images. The Image Conference aims to put images at the centre of the language learning agenda.

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4 thoughts on “Image Conference

  1. Dear Kieran,

    Congratulations on your site! It’s really inspiring for those of us who are also strong believers in the use of film in language teaching (Spanish FL in my case). By the way, I would appreciate it if you could provide me with your feedback on my blog (http://concedecine.blogspot.com.es/) and on how to better manage its contents and their layout. Given your expertise in this field, I’m all ears and would seriously consider to redesign the original blog concept and build a brand new site with a similar look as yours (given your permission, of course ;). Moltes gràcies! Antonio

  2. THANKS FOR THE GREAT MOMENTS I HAVE HAD WITH MY STUDENTS, TALKING ABOUT THE SUBJECTS IN THE VIDEOS!!!!!

    IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU COULD COME TO MEXICO, ESPECIALLY TO LEON GUANAJUATO TO HAVE THE PLEASURE TO BE IN YOUR CONFERENCE. WE ARE AN ENGLISH SCHOOL IN LEON.

    ALL THE BEST!!!

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