Online Teaching: Making Space for Social Connection

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: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Online Language Classroom

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”

Free Mini Workshop: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the 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”

Artists in Schools Project: Visual Arts and Language

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”

The Arts and Artists in Schools: Arts Integrated Learning

Following on from my introductory talk at the Image Conference Malta 2016, I plan to research and develop my practice as an artist-educator through looking at the learning that emerges when artists work with students, in our case, foreign or second/third language learners. I’m not only thinking of what artists can do for these learners, but also what learners can do for the artist’s own practice.