Bridging Visual and Literary Analytical Skills: A Short Guide to Teaching Film

By Mark Wynn.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Critical analysis is commonly considered the most difficult skill to teach beginning writers at the college level. The introduction of film analysis as a model to literary and linguistic analysis has proven both successful and popular among students and instructors. However, such instruction relies heavily on an instructor’s ability to model abstract principles and skills through lecture and class discussions. With the increasing availability of online streaming and technology in the classroom, a greater application of such modeling is encouraged. Therefore, the paper presents an overview of obstacles to expect, considerations in possible approaches, and an analytical exercise to help students to bridge the gap between visual and literary analysis.

Keywords: Writing Composition, Visual Analysis, Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis, Film, Literature, Pedagogy, Modeling, Classroom Technology, Classroom Activities

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.143-152. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.240KB).

Mark Wynn

English Instructor, INTO OSU, Oregon State University, Corvalis, Oregon, USA

I have a Master’s in English Language Linguistics and a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish. I am an advent writer and have published essays, short stories, poetry and translations. I have been teaching advanced writing courses in intensive English programs and composition courses at the university level for five years. In my courses I strive to incorporate more visual elements as both an accompaniment and reinforcement of the material in order to greater enhance student comprehension. I strongly feel that higher education must incorporate more diversified delivery methods of instruction to accommodate the growing numbers of students and the varying cognitive strengths that they possess.