Presentation Title

Critical Media Literacy Is Not an Option for English Learners Either!

Biographical Sketch

Camilo Dominguez holds a Master’s degree in Foreign Language Teaching and Learning from Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia, where he has worked as a teacher educator and researcher. His research interests are in the areas of Critical Media Literacy, Academic Literacy, and Linguistic Landscapes. Currently, he coordinates the ESL program at a K-8 charter school in NC.

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

In this session, the presenter will describe a qualitative study conducted in an ESL K-8 context in the US. The study aimed to develop young English Learners’ (ELs) critical awareness of media. Accordingly, ELs critically analyzed soft drink commercials, reflected about their findings and envisioned some transformative actions. The presenter will share findings, challenges and implications emerging from this study. He will also pose new questions for further research.

Abstract of Proposal

In today’s highly digitalized and media saturated world, teaching Critical Media Literacy is a responsibility of all education stakeholders across the globe. Programs for English Learners (ELs) are no exception. In US schools, ESL programs primarily seek to develop the language skills that ELs need for academic success in today's atmosphere of high-stakes testing and accountability. However, it is crucial that ELs are also prepared to be critically aware of the media they consume or produce. In this session, the presenter will describe a qualitative study conducted in an ESL K-8 context. The study aimed to develop young ELs’ critical awareness of media. Accordingly, they critically analyzed soft drink commercials, reflected about their findings and envisioned some transformative actions. The presenter will share findings, challenges and implications emerging from this study. He will also pose new questions for further research.

Location

Session 6B (Telfair, Hilton Garden Inn)

Start Date

2-23-2019 1:55 PM

End Date

2-23-2019 3:25 PM

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Feb 23rd, 1:55 PM Feb 23rd, 3:25 PM

Critical Media Literacy Is Not an Option for English Learners Either!

Session 6B (Telfair, Hilton Garden Inn)

In today’s highly digitalized and media saturated world, teaching Critical Media Literacy is a responsibility of all education stakeholders across the globe. Programs for English Learners (ELs) are no exception. In US schools, ESL programs primarily seek to develop the language skills that ELs need for academic success in today's atmosphere of high-stakes testing and accountability. However, it is crucial that ELs are also prepared to be critically aware of the media they consume or produce. In this session, the presenter will describe a qualitative study conducted in an ESL K-8 context. The study aimed to develop young ELs’ critical awareness of media. Accordingly, they critically analyzed soft drink commercials, reflected about their findings and envisioned some transformative actions. The presenter will share findings, challenges and implications emerging from this study. He will also pose new questions for further research.