A lot is going on right now around the edges of our predominantly online teaching – we all know it! In the middle of giving an online workshop on Saturday for the 2020 CETA Symposium, I noticed a text message from my neighbour, who is in isolation with her family having driven to Stansted AirportContinue reading “Online Teaching: Making Space for Social Connection”
Task-based learning: ways to create engaged online face-to-face learning How can we keep our fatigued online learners engaged in our lessons? How can we create meaningful connections between us all? These were two questions that came up over and over again during the online teacher workshops that ELTcampus ran to help teachers face the newContinue reading “Task-Based Learning: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Online Language Classroom”
ELT Activities I’ve written this free mini workshop for English language teachers in response to my experiences running artists in schools projects and working with visual arts, community and English language learning. Drawing is a way of creating your own content and visual material for the English language classroom and a springboard for teaching EnglishContinue reading “Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Language Classroom”
What is the Artists in Schools Project? Many years ago, I worked on a programme to encourage schools to invite artists into the classroom. They would to either do workshops with children, make work on site, or have a longer stint as artist in residence. I believe children learn a lot from simply being aroundContinue reading “Artists in Schools Project: Visual Arts and Language”
Many teachers are daunted by the idea of dealing with the visual arts in the classroom, let alone an English language classroom. They often don’t consider themselves as “arty”. Looking at images created by artists can be confounding. In this article, I’ll offer ideas and activities that can be used when working with the visual arts that empower teacher and learner alike.