Workshop: Critical Connections Multilingual Digital Storytelling

Monday 10th June 2024 



Judith Rifeser and Vicky Macleroy 

Directors of the Critical Connections Project, Centre for Language, Culture and Learning, Goldsmiths,

University of London, UK 


Come and participate in a practical skills-based digital workshop led by two directors of the global Critical Connections Project which has been working with schools since 2012. You will gain hands-on experience of how to conduct a multilingual digital storytelling project with language learners across a wide range of levels and ages. Project schools have included over 44 languages in their digital stories, and we have worked with students from 6–18-years old, as well as carrying out community projects with adults.

You will have the opportunity to create your stories using found objects and create a short 2–3-minute bi-multi/lingual animation film within the workshop. In the pre-production part of the workshop, you will have the opportunity to understand more about stop motion animation; camera angles and shots; creating mood boards and sketching out your storyboard to plan and structure a short bi-multi/lingual film. The afternoon will be spent filming, editing, and sharing the short films as well as reflecting on how students learn languages through the process of digital storytelling.

Critical Connections website: 

Þessi vinnustofa er skipulögð í samstarfi við STÍL - Samtökum tungumálakennara á Íslandi og Móðurmál - samtökum um tvítyngi. 

Nánari upplýsingar á heimasíðu STÍL / Further information on the homepage of STÍL: 

Student Artwork for Our Planet Film Festival


Judith Rifeser is a quadrilingual Associate Professor in Education at University College London, Institute of Education and President-elect of the Association for Language Learning (ALL). She is a co-director of an international literacy project ‘Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling’. Judith has worked with teachers and learners across the globe, with a specific focus on using film(making) to foster creativity, interculturality and critical thinking. 

Vicky Macleroy is a Professor of Language and Literacy, Head of the MA Children’s Literature programme, and Director of the Centre for Language, Culture and Learning at Goldsmiths, University of London. Vicky is co-director of an international literacy project ‘Critical Connections Multilingual Digital Storytelling’ (2012-ongoing) that uses digital storytelling to support engagement with language and literacy.