Art& Technology in ELT: An incompatible marriage or not?

Are you an art lover? Would you like to familiarize your students with the artwork of famous painters while learning English? This was the logic behind the development of the two lesson outlines you can find and download for free in the box.net widget on the right sidebar of this blog.

The first lesson plan was based upon Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Bedroom in Arles’ and it’s aimed at advanced students. The technology-oriented suggested activities include the use of http://www.blabberize.comhttp://www.pimpampum.net/bubblr/ and You Tube. The second outline called ‘Just Dance’ was designed with the valuable help of a dear friend and colleague, Rania Chiotini, who is a state primary school teacher in Greece. As you’ll see, we have combined art, music and technology in our attempt to exploit the educational value of three lovely paintings by Toulouse Lautrec, Edgar Degas and Pierre- Auguste Renoir. The incorporation of technology gives them a ‘fresh’ feel, engages young learners and empowers their creativity!

The lesson outlines provide clear, step-by-step instructions. We look forward to your comments! Would you be tempted to try something like this in your language classroom? Do you think your students would enjoy this ‘marriage’ of art to technology :-)?

All the best,

Christina

1 Comment on Art& Technology in ELT: An incompatible marriage or not?

  1. Dave
    November 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve always thought that using technology to enjoy are should be welcomed. Viewing a hi-resolution picture on a computer would allow you to zoom in on images, thus being able to study them in minute detail.

    I know of the argumentation that art belongs in an art gallery but there are certain pieces that can only be viewed from behind barriers and glass, viewing them on a tablet/laptop/PC lets you enjoy them whenever and wherever you are.

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