The Visual Arts Circle at the Virtual Round Table Web Conference

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We are delighted to announce the Visual Arts Circle is going  live on the Virtual Round Table Friday this 27th at 7pm CET for a few hours of take-aways for your classroom from the people behind the Image Conference.  With Kieran Donaghy, Rob Howard, Magdalena Brzezinska, Magdalena Wasilewska and Valeria Benevolo Franca.

Make sure you join us !

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Visual Arts Circle Members’ Talks at IATEFL in Brighton

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We are delighted that a large number of Visual Arts Circle members will be giving talks at the IATEFL Conference in Brighton from 10th to 13th April. If you’re at the conference, we hope you can make it to some of the talks. You can read about all the talks below. You can also download this booklet VAC Members’ Talks Booklet sponsored by ELC Brighton.

 

 

We look forward to seeing you in Brighton.

Seventh Edition of the Image Conference to be Held in Athens

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We are delighted to announce that the seventh edition of the Image Conference, the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, will be held on 6th and 7th October in Athens, Greece. The announcement was made after Kieran Donaghy’s closing plenary session at the recent TESOL-Greece Convention in Athens. The Conference Organiser will be Visual Arts Circle Events Coordinator, Sylvia Karastathi, whose institution, New York College, which is the very heart of Athens, will be hoisting the event.

 

The Call for Paper will be published on Monday 23rd April and details of registration will follow shortly.

We very much look forward to seeing in you in Athens.

Video creation in the language classroom

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Anna Whitcher’s tips for the language classroom: Being a strong believer in teamwork and collaboration, Anna finds that groupwork is empowering when working with video creation in the language classroom. The other benefit is that having the students at the centre of image and video creation means that their expertise is drawn on. Learners that may not be so strong with language production have their moment to shine in other areas.

Global Issues SIG and Visual Arts Circle Pre-Conference Event – Brighton 9th April 2018

Social Justice and ELT through the Visual Arts – GISIG and Visual Arts Circle Joint PCE

Visual images can be arresting and powerful. We have all at some point in our lives been stunned by a photograph or painting that has resonated with us – the Afghani girl on the cover of National Geographic or Picasso’s Guernica. These images can provoke strong emotions, engage us critically and sometimes inspire radical action so how might we capitalise on this in our professional lives and exploit visuals effectively in our teaching and training?

 

Come to the GISIG PCE at Brighton, run jointly with the Visual Arts Circle this year, to discover new and innovative ways of exploring themes of social justice through the visual medium.

 

IATEFL Conference early bird registration ends THIS THURSDAY (11th January) at 4 pm.

Booking info

More info on our PCE:

 

Do you want to know more about how to incorporate still and moving images into classroom materials to get students reflecting on social issues? Or capitalise on your own artistic skills to provoke discussion and debate in your classrooms?

Using Film as a Medium for Global Issues in the English Language Classroom

Our diverse and talented group of speakers will be presenting their ideas on how we can do this. Margarita Kosior, writer, teacher and storyteller will outline how film as a medium can introduce difficult topics into the classroom domain and encourage students to discuss them with confidence and ease. Gergo Fekete, dynamic teacher and GISIG Social Media Coordinator, will show us how to raise awareness of social justice issues for women from his MA thesis related to excerpts from the film ‘Girl Rising’.

Tools for Exploring the Arts, Collaborative Hands On Projects and a Drawing Class!

Emma-Louise Pratt is a practising artist and educator who will work at various times throughout the day with PCE participants to produce a collaborative artwork which will be displayed in public for the duration of the conference. Dimitris Tzouris brings his technical expertise to our PCE and explains how we can use Google Arts and Culture as a tool to explore and understand the world through art and stories. And for those of us who think we don’t possess any artistic skills Jade Blue, a teacher and teacher-trainer with a special interest in using imagery in ELT, will guide us through a session on teacher-drawing and learner-drawing tasks that seek to examine how these practical activities can be applied in our classrooms to explore global issues themes such as human rights.

Finally, rounding off the day’s events Kieran Donaghy and Anna Whitcher, founders of the Visual Arts Circle, will explore how different resources created by VAC members can be used to promote social justice through the visual arts in the English language classroom.

 

PCE Schedule: Download (PDF)

 

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