Cultural Literacy Through Art

This presentation investigates the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) for viewing figurative art in Danish classes to enhance students’ cultural literacy. Although VTS principles have been tested in museums and in K-12 classrooms, they have never been applied in foreign language (FL) classrooms. My primary goal was therefore to test if VTS strategies would work in an FL classroom. Selected images were used with two groups of Danish students. The images and the format of the viewing process varied from group to group and from session to session. I will discuss my findings and propose materials for the use of art in FL classes.

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