Visual Literacy & Critical thinking

A critical mind:

Questions assumptions

Thinks through the consequences of a line of thinking

Looks for evidence

Considers alternative ideas

Is aware of how choices affect ideas


Is sensitive to what is balanced, fair and reasonable.

Dimensions of Viewing

Affective: How it makes you feel.

Compositional: What elements do you see? How was it composed? Shapes, colors, position, light...

Critical: What does it make you think of? What could be analyzed in it? What kind of message can be conveyed?

The Image

The image used to be used as a means to achieve the language focus and practice skills. Nowadays, it is also being used as stimulus and resource.

The image shouldn't convey the message too clearly.

There should always be some room for some speculation.

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