Language Symposium

Friday, October 4, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Memorial Union Building 330/332
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The 7th UNH Language Symposium


 October 4th, 2019  9:00am – 3:15pm,  MUB 330

Developing Visual and Cultural Literacy in a Second Language

With billions of images uploaded to (social) media platforms daily, it is essential that students develop critical visual literacy. Working with culturally specific images allo language students to bridge cultures and construct social and cultural meaning as they critically examine their own and others’ cultural practices, products, and beliefs. This workshop explores instructional approaches designed to help K-16 language learners develop level-appropriate visual and intercultural literacies. Participants will discuss how to create engaging activities based on works of art and other types of visual material relevant to the languages and levels they teach. Examples range from collaborating with a local museum or engaging with local public art to analyzing colors, symbols, and logos in literature, advertising, murals, and political propaganda. Participants will discuss multiple approaches to integrating visual analysis with language teaching.


Gisela Hoecherl-Alden is Assistant Dean and Director of Language Instruction at Boston University where she works closely with all four language departments on curriculum, grant writing, and professional development for language faculty. As a German professor, she teaches courses on contemporary German culture, literature, media analysis, film, German for the Professions, and a survey course on German literature and culture from the Middle Ages through the Age of Enlightenment. To meet the needs of students majoring in the sciences and engineering she developed Science and Culture, a course which trains students to present their research to a German-speaking lay audience - both orally and in writing.

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