Teaching Visual Literacy K-6


Our students live in a visual world. This course will provide participants with a closer look at the metalanguage of visual literacy in the context of the NSW English K-6 Syllabus. Author’s purpose and intended audience will be addressed in reading visual images as well as composing visual texts. Participants will explore how to effectively support students K-6 as they decode, interpret and evaluate texts that communicate predominantly with visual images.


Completing a Teaching Visual Literacy K-6 course will contribute 5 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing: 1.5.2, 2.1.2, 2.5.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.2, 6.2.2  from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

Evaluation Comments:

  • Introduction to multimodal texts, useful ways to incorporate concepts into teaching programs…Linking visual literacy to syllabus.
  • A very useful session to assist with programming. Very practical.
  • I feel a lot more confident teaching visual literacy and have already tweaked my units of work and assessment.
  • (Useful learnings)...linking K-6 to 7-12 and understanding how this is achieved in K-6. Unpacking terminology, examining content, text requirements. How to use embed authentic texts.
  • I have left here today with a greater understanding of visual literacy…given me some great ideas to use in the classroom.

Target Participants

Teachers K-6 who wish to develop a deep understanding of visual literacy and the NSW English syllabus for the Australian Curriculum


The first session will explore the importance of visual literacy for twenty first century learners. Participants will examine the role of author’s purpose and audience in visual texts as well as explore the metalanguage of visual literacy.

There will be a range of plenary, small group and workshop delivery modes and the use of contemporary technologies and the use of interactive planning tools.

Relevant Journal of Professional Learning (JPL) Article

How Goes the New K-6 English Syllabus?