Online Workshop – 12 December 2020 – “What about the fifth skill of viewing?” with Kieran Donaghy

In the English language curricula of a number of countries – for example, Canada, Australia and Singapore – the new skill of viewing has been added to the traditional skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Undoubtedly, this new skill of viewing will be integrated into national curricula throughout the world in the near future.

In this workshop, we will examine what viewing is and how we can help our students become more effective viewers by exploring a number of viewing frameworks that can be used in a variety of visual and multimodal texts – photos, paintings, feature-length films, short films and videos. Teachers will go away from the talk with a clear understanding of what the skill of viewing is and a number of tried and tested viewing frameworks to use with their students.


Kieran Donaghy is a freelance award-winning writer, international conference speaker and trainer. He is the author of books for students and teachers of English as a foreign language. His publications include Film in Action (Delta Publishing), Writing Activities for Film (ELT Teacher2Writer) and Video, The Image in ELT (ELT Council) and Language Hub (Macmillan). He trains teachers at his specialist teacher development institute, in Barcelona The School for Training. His website Film English has won a British Council ELTons Award.  He is the founder of The Image Conference and co-founder of the Visual Arts Circle. You can find out more about Kieran at his author website

When: Saturday 12 December 2020 from 10am to 12:30pm
Where: Online
Registration – ELTABB members: Please register on the Ning
Registration – other ELTA members: Please register by emailing and mention which ELTA you are a member of
Registration non-ELTABB / ELTA members: You can register (for a nominal fee of 10 Euro) by emailing