Teachers’s Guide – Visual Literacy and Teaching Film in the English Classroom.
Ebook for teachers to use when preparing to teach film.
As books were to us, films are to our students. Like any text, a film can be read if you know the language and the signifiers that are used to make meaning. It is not enough to use film as an entertaining addition to our other texts. We need to approach it as a medium in itself with its own language, signifiers and methods. This way our students can still learn the important critical skills that they need while getting a solid understanding of visual literacy.
It is important that we use the correct terminology when we talk about film, also that students understand how terminology or theories can cross mediums. Some of these terms are not unique to film, indeed we know them from written texts as well. However by remembering them and exploring how they relate to film we get a firmer understanding that film, like novels, plays, poetry etc, are texts which can be read and out of which we can make meaning.
We have gathered together a number of posts into this small ebook for teachers to use when preparing to teach film.