Every picture tells a story: raising global/glocal awareness in a language-oriented writing course through photo-journalistic imagery, Lee Arnold, Seigakuin University

Meaningful writing assignments require stimulating content with learner personalization and capacity for creativity. Yet reading contextualization is also necessary to enhance output and create readership beyond instructor purview. As photography often possesses narrative-level communicative contextual space, photo-journalistic imagery may provide an ideal contextual framework for learners to write from. This paper explores the use of such imagery to provide contextual framing and raise global-glocal awareness on refugee
issues in a first-year paragraph writing course. When contextualized further through instructor blog publication, learners produced creative and empathetic writing that could be showcased to readers beyond the classroom.

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