I have nothing but the highest praise for The Cinematheque’s workshops … They have been a massive success with our students, and an inspiration for our teachers.
- English Teacher, Point Grey Secondary, Vancouver
In a world where audio-visual communications are arguably our primary and most influential language, media literacy should be a fundamental part of every learner’s education. Yet so often, learning how replaces learning why; we use technology but we rarely question or deconstruct its meanings. Media literacy requires that we connect and analyze the messages that inform, entertain and sell to us every day. It’s the ability to bring critical thinking skills to bear on all media – from music videos, news and Web environments to product placement in films and virtual reality gaming.
The Cinematheque offers a wide variety of media literacy workshops; see below for more details, or contact us to suggest a new workshop on the topic of your choosing. With our experienced facilitators and well-researched topics, you can engage your students in hands-on workshops that:
- Discuss and critique contemporary media examples to uncover layered meanings and complicated, often hidden, messages
- Assist students in making connections among political, social and current events, the mass media we use to understand them, and the motivations behind those media representations
- Engage participants in discussions, encouraging them to form their own opinions about important issues and ideas.
Please also be sure to check out our Resources page for lesson plans, online articles and links to support critical thinking and media literacy.