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Culture-Led English Learning

Blue Noun Language Hub is an alternative language school.

Not only is it designed by an artist, but we often partner with our local creative community to deliver authentic English learning experiences.

 

It is our particular kind of creativity that makes English learning fun, manageable, attractive and rewarding.

 

A subset of our guests are Art and Design Professionals who need to improve their English for creative careers.

 

(Because we have an artist at the helm, we know the language skills needed to excel in an international creative career).

 

Whether you are joining us for English for Create Careers, or all the different kinds of professional English presented creatively, this blog shows how an artist English teacher can inject interest into any English class.

1. An Artist English Teacher Can Bring Quality Culture into the Classroom

Art and culture open conversations and explore and stretch language.ย 
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For example, in one English class this week we looked at a citizen science/creative project called ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ.
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ is conceptually clever, skilful in production, ‘Instagramable‘ and fabulously eco in spirit.

Let’s take a quick look at this art project and the English language objectives behind discussing it.ย 
FREE Facebook English Group Lego lost at sea

 

The Lego Lost At Sea Facebook page was created by British writer and beachcomber Tracey Williams, who first started to discover pieces of sea themed Lego on beaches around her family home in South Devon, England in the late 1990s. She now lives in Cornwall, England where the shipwrecked Lego still washes up daily.”

Lost Lego at Sea Facebook Page

Target Language

By the end of class, participants had the language skills to:
  • present the ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—”๐˜ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ project (past and present).
  • feel more confident in saying large numbers,
  • discuss this style of messaging, purpose and ‘citizen science,’
  • offer opinions on how it compares to ‘high art,’
  • suggest where it could be exhibited next (making suggestions).ย 

“In 1997, nearly five million bits of Lego fell into the sea when a huge wave hit the container ship Tokio Express, washing 62 containers overboard.”

 

Lost Lego at Sea Facebook Page

2. Artists Often Have Empathy

This is something you need from any kind of coach. Language learning has ups and downs, and frustrations.

An empathetic coach can navigate you around the hurdles, and knows when to push you and when it is time to rest.

Relaxing on an Immersion Englihs holiday - 3 girls sitting in a nice public garden. For artist English teacher blog.

3. Artists Have Stories to Tell

Artist studies are brilliant environments for language learning as they are exciting, tactile and visual.ย 

As an artist English teacher, from time to time I still find time to make a bit of artwork.

Let me share this one. It hasย a coincidental, conceptual synergy with the Lego Lost at Sea project. It is also inspired by an English immersion activity.ย