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Learning English while Doing Art


Learning English while Doing Art Rebekah Sidman-Taveau, ESL Coordinator/Lecturer, SFAI Myths To improve your English: you must receive systematic instruction in a ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Learning English while Doing Art

Learning English while Doing Art
  • Rebekah Sidman-Taveau, ESL Coordinator/Lecturer,

  • To improve your English
  • you must receive systematic instruction in a
    language class
  • your English a teacher must break down the
    grammar concepts for you
  • you must devote hours studying ESL textbooks and
    repeating exercises

Weve come a Long Way
  • Behaviorism
  • Learning is a system of behavioral responses to
    physical stimuli. Learning requires
    reinforcement, practice, and repetition
  • Transmission oriented views of learning, learning
    as passive
  • Break down content into parts and sequence by
  • Constructivist Learning theory
  • Learners play an active role in the construction
    of their own knowledge
  • Motivation, Anxiety, Strategy Use, and learning
    styles have an impact
  • The use of different mediational means like the
    visual arts helps us to reflect upon concepts
    (Socioconstructivist theory) (Vygotsky, 1978)
  • (Fostnot, 1996 Reagan, 1999)

  • People learn best when they are motivated and
  • A memorable moment can be as powerful as phrases
    repeated a hundred times
  • As artists in an art school in the U.S. ESL
    students at SFAI are in a great situation for
    learning relevant English skills

Learn English while Doing Art
  • Utilize memory strategies
  • Take advantage of memorable moments
  • Interact with what you want to learn
  • Have fun, get silly, enjoy the sounds
  • Practice active listening

Memory and Language Learning
  • Kids Versus Adults
  • Kids higher memory capacity, less inhibition,
    constant exposure to L1
  • Adults lower memory capacity, more inhibition,
    less exposure to L2
  • What to do? Make use of Authentic resources, be
    childlike curious and uninhibited- and practice
    memory strategies

Use authentic artifacts and situations
Memory Strategies
  • Help to store and retrieve information
  • Mnemonics
  • CARE
  • Creating Mental Linkages
  • Applying Images and Sounds
  • Reviewing Well
  • Employing Actions

Memory Strategy Creating Mental Linkages
  • Grouping photography terms, painting terms
  • Associating elaborating learn groups of words
    Block buster exhibition and associate them with
    others, block buster movie
  • Placing new words into a context create and
    take down sentences rather than simple
    definitions, draw a picture, or tell a story.

Memory Strategy Applying Images and Sounds
  • Use Imagery visualize in your mind or make a
    drawing a picture of an object, or a mental
    representation of the letters of a word (IPA)
  • Use Keywords- auditory and visual links.
    potage/pot, Minnesota/mini soda
  • Represent Sounds in Memory- itch, knee, sun, ski,
    go ,rock (to remember numbers in Japanese).
    Brat Russian for (brother)

Visual/Auditory Link Example
  • North (never)
  • West (worms) East (eat)
  • South (soggy)

Memory Strategy Reviewing Well
  • Spiraling reviewing at gradually longer
  • Put what you have to learn into a song
  • Move (gesture, jump, etc) as you recite or
  • Make rhymes
  • Le petit chat gris qui faisait pipi ca maman lui
    dit ce nest pas poli.

Memory Strategies Employing Action
  • Physical Response or Sensation
  • Physically act out a new expression dabbing the
    canvas, broad strokes on the canvas, relate to a
  • Move around words and phrases Paint words big
    and small, photograph words, doodle with words,
    put words on note cards or in notebooks

Memorable moments
  • Pain, engagement, laughter, embarrassment,
    excitement, surprise, disgust, anger emotions
    may contribute to your English language learning
  • Necessity is the mother of invention! You will
    learn what you need. Doctors visits,
    administrative tasks, errands, or even arguments
    are all great opportunities for learning

Interact to Learn
  • Proven Vocabulary building Method
  • 1. Say it (visualize the sound)
  • 2. Define it
  • 3. Find a synonym or antonym
  • 4. Make a meaningful sentence or draw a picture

Have fun, get silly, enjoy the sounds
  • Listen to the radio in your car or while doing
    something else imitate the speaker
  • Copy an American you know
  • Pay attention to rhythm and stress during boring
  • Choose an expression a day
  • Choose one TV show and watch it regularly

Active Listening
  • EASEL Engage, Anticipate, Summarize, Evaluate,
    and Learn
  • Take notes Put unknown words in left column or
    underlined. Choose 2 a day to interact with
    (see slide 15)

  • The world is your language classroom
  • Be strategic
  • Never underestimate a boring moment!
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