Media literacy at all levels: making the humanities more inclusive
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Citation (published version)Gisela Hoecherl-Alden, Sue Griffin. 2014. "Media Literacy at All Levels: Making the Humanities More Inclusive." NECTFL 𝘙𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸, Volume 74, pp. 15 - 33.
The decline of the humanities, combined with the arrival of students focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), represent an opportunity for the development of innovative approaches to teaching languages and literatures. Expanding the instructional focus from traditional humanities students, who are naturally more text-focused, to address the needs of more application-oriented STEM learners ensures that language instructors prepare all students to become analytical and critical consumers and producers of digital media. Training students to question motives both in their own and authentic media messages and to justify their own interpretations results in more sophisticated second language (L2) communication. Even where institutional structures impede comprehensive curriculum reform, individual instructors can integrate media literacy training into their own classes. Tis article demonstrates ways of reaching and retaining larger numbers of students at all levels—if necessary, one course at a time.
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