Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course (Lesson plans 3 & 4)

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@Anna Skladmann,  ‘Varvara in Her Home Cinema’ (Moscow, 2010)

So far we have seen the first two parts of Vicky Papageorgiou’s mini course. Now she is sharing with us her 3rd and 4th lesson plans  for the Visual Arts Circle. These two are the final lesson plans which complete the mini course. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists and transformative learning as an incentive. The target group is syoung adults  (over 16 years old) and the level is B2+ .

We hope you found the first two parts of this mini course interesting. The ones we are sharing today are the final two.

All the supporting documents for the 3rd Lesson plan can be found below :

3rd & 4th Lessons 

Preparing and delivering an oral presentation

PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Presentation language game

Storyboard

Public Speaking exercise

Oral Presentation Evaluation Form

 

Happy Reading!

 

 

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Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course (Lesson plan 2)

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 I’m here, seven feet tall, larger than life (Renée Cox)

After her Graffiti Debate lesson plan series, Vicky Papageorgiou is sharing with us her second lesson plan series for the Visual Arts Circle. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists and transformative learning as an incentive. The target group is students over 16 years old and the level is B2+ .

We hope you found the first part of this mini course interesting. The one we are sharing today is the second lesson plan.

All the supporting documents for the 2nd Lesson plan can be found below :

  1. oral presentation series 2nd lesson
  2. artworks for presentations
  3. Perkins technique (1994)

Happy reading!

 

Social inequalities : an oral presentation mini course

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“For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.” (Dada poet Hugo Ball)

After her Graffiti Debate lesson plan series, Vicky Papageorgiou is sharing with us her second lesson plan series for the Visual Arts Circle. Social Inequalities is a mini course teaching students how to prepare oral presentations using contemporary artists as an incentive. The target group is students over 16 years old and the level is B2+ . In total it lasts about  8-9 teaching hours. This is why the whole series will be posted in 3 parts (First : lesson plan 1, Second : lesson plan 2 and Third : lesson plan 3 & 4 together).

Part of this course has been based on specific transformative methods by Kokkos and by Perkins, employing critical thinking techniques and reflective methods to motivate learners to consider and reconsider their views on modern social matters and hopefully to lead them to change through art.  All the artworks used have been carefully selected among works by contemporary artists from a variety of countries who use a variety of artistic media to address and comment on these inequalities through their work and who have also tried to make these problems more relatable to the public.

We hope you find interesting the first part of this mini course. Stay tuned for the next parts until it is complete. In the meantime, we invite you to leave your comments if you wish.

All the supporting documents for the 1st Lesson plan can be found below :

oral presentation series lesson plan one (2)

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focus on inequalities 2

Happy reading!

‘Proverbs and sayings’ by Irene Vlazaki

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Proverbs are an important part of peoples’ different cultural capital filtering it into common sense truth. This lesson plan by Irene Vlazaki combines a variety of learning strategies using proverbs in the background. Learners will express themselves linguistically and artistically in a process of understanding how values can connect us.

You can find her lesson plan here Proverbs and sayings lesson plan_VAC

You can find her Power Point Presentation here proverbs_ VAC

You can find her worksheet here Proverbs_worksheet VAC

Bio 
irene-vlazakiIrene Vlazaki has been a teacher of English in Greece for 25 years currently working in a state primary school in Thessaloniki. Before settling in Primary classrooms she has had a significant amount of experience in all grades and levels of ELT. She is currently an MA student in intercultural studies and Pedagogy in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and strongly believes in the mediating power of English Language and the bridging of cultures it can initiate. Being a project coordinator in two Erasmus programs made it possible to see how problems can be solved through interaction and respect. ELT can be used in the most unconventional ways if students enjoy and learn and State schools are still in Greece a wonderful place for experimentation and creativity despite the many difficulties and lack of recourses.

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Registration for the Image Conference,Athens, is now open

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Poster Image Conference with Website

Registration for the Image Conference in Athens on 6th and 7th October is now open.

The Image Conference is the annual conference of the Visual Arts Circle, and this year it is being hosted and co-organised by New York College, Athens with the collaboration of the Global Issues SIG of IATEFL. Leading experts and practitioners in the use of images in language learning will share their experiences, insights and know-how and provide participants with an excellent opportunity to enhance their competence in the innovative, critical and creative use of images in language education.

We look forward to seeing you in historic and vibrant Athens.

Visual Arts Symposium: Street art in EFL classroom by Magdalena Brzezinska

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10th Virtual Round Table

On April 27, the Visual Arts Circle went  live on the 10th Virtual Round Table. Among the people who participated were Kieran Donaghy, Rob Howard, Magdalena Brzezinska, Magdalena Wasilewska and Valeria Benevolo Franca.

One of the VAC Circle’s members who presented, Magdalena Brzezinska,  talked about the use of street art in the EFL classroom with teens. Her session was especially designed for the Visual Arts Circle symposium at the 10th Virtual Round Table (VRT) Web Conference and 9th vLanguages Conference.

Mura-love : Street art in EFL classroom

In her talk, Magdalena shared with the participants her love for street art, and she offered some specific tips on how such art can be successfully used in an EFL class to improve students’ knowledge and skills and to inspire learners to create.

The activities presented varied from simple pen-and-paper ones to high-tech online ones. Discussion incorporating certain MoMA’s art and inquiry techniques was introduced. Some other activities included :

  • a debate;
  • street-art-inspired creation of headline poetry, stencils, or students’ own graffiti;
  • designing a social campaign; and creating a virtual interactive walk.

There followed a sub-section devoted specifically to Banksy’s peace art and Banksy-inspired stickers and tattoos, where such techniques as impersonation, focus on the senses, and designing one’s own peace sign/symbol were examined.

You can download Magdalena’s slides Magdalena Brzezinska VAC Mura_love Virtual Round Table.

 

ART & LANGUAGE LESSONS

In our series of ART & LANGUAGE lessons we invite you to explore the world of contemporary artists in the classroom. They are all members of the Visual Arts Circle, and they have given us exclusive permission to use their artwork to create lessons for the Visual Arts Circle website.

Art & Language Lesson 1

Charis Loke and the ‘Sorcerers Royal’

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In our first lesson we take a journey through Charis Loke’s  illustration, a cover for a fantasy novel. The title of the artwork is ‘Sorcerers Royal’.

Charis Loke is an illustrator, visual storyteller and visual art teacher. She is based in Malaysia, and she also works on community arts and culture projects with Arts-ED Penang.

Aim of the Charis Loke lesson plan

The aim of this lesson is to explore a book cover visually and use it as a starting point to find out more about the story it illustrates. We start with the image as it is easily accessible for most students. By looking closely your students might come up with ideas which are surprising and unexpected for you, and we believe that real discussion starts like that.

Range of topics to explore during this lesson

  1. The visual world of the illustration
  2. The creative process of the illustrator
  3. History: Regency Era
  4. History and Geography: Globes and maps, exploring the world
  5. Literature: Magic and fantasy novels

Here you can download the slides of the lesson plan in PDF format:

You can also download the Teacher’s Notes in PDF here:

 

We hope you will enjoy this lesson!

This lesson plan was written by Nora Nagy , Arts & Pedagogy Coordinator of the Visual Arts Circle. Nora works as a blog writer (Helbling Readers Blog). She is also a PhD student in Applied Linguistics, and she’s writing her dissertation about multimodal literacy development. She teaches at Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest, Hungary.