About the Book
Teaching English Through a Photographic Lens takes on the challenge of providing ephemeral events, interviews, and photos a permanent home. For her Division III independent study project at Hampshire College, Emma Symanski designed and taught a class for English Language Learners using photography as the main teaching tool. If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, there would have been a final gallery show showcasing the students and their photos that they produced throughout the class, and this book is an attempt to do just that. Inside, you will be led through the journeys of several English Language Learners and discover how photography can be used as a communication tool on its own, which both crosses and breaks down language barriers. This is a story about how art and language can unify a community while still allowing differences to be celebrated.