Visual Arts Circle Committee

Our Visual Arts Circle Committee is made up of teachers, writers, artists and teacher developers all actively engaged in language teaching. Our community of practice is active across many platforms, conferences and in publication and research. Here are the people to contact.

Coordinators

Anna Whitcher
Anna Whitcher

Anna Whitcher is a writer, editor, and video producer of ELT materials. With a Master’s in English Composition, she began her career over 20 years ago as an EFL teacher in Riga, Latvia, which led her to her work in publishing. She has taught ESL/EFL and Spanish to teenagers and adults in the US and in Europe. In addition to writing and editing for print and digital products, she has more recently become a video producer for several courses, including Eyes Open / Uncover (Cambridge University Press) and Jetstream (Helbling Languages). She is co-author of Smart English A2 (Brookemead ELT) with Rebecca Robb Benne and How to Write Film and Video Activities (ELT Teacher 2 Writer) with Kieran Donaghy. She has lived and worked in the US and Europe and currently resides in her native San Francisco where she continues to pursue the visual arts in language teaching through film creation and production.
Kieran Donaghy
Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy is a teacher, teacher trainer, international conference speaker and award-winning writer. He holds an M.Ed. in English Language Teaching and an M.A. in Business Communication. His website on the use of film in language teaching Film English http://film-english.com/ won a British Council ELTons Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources, the most prestigious European media in education prize the MEDEA Award for User-Generated Media in 2013, and an English Speaking Union Award in 2014. Kieran is the author of several books including the methodology book Film in Action (DELTA Publishing). His areas of interest include film, video, empathy, values and psychology in language learning. You can find out more about Kieran and his work at his website http://kierandonaghy.com/ .
 

Membership Officer

Magdalena Brzezinska
Magdalena Brzezinska

Magdalena Brzezinska is a graduate of Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland. She has been an EFL teacher for over 20 years and a teacher trainer for 10 years. She is also a sworn legal translator and a certified art therapist. She taught practical English and sociolinguistics to English Philology students at the University of Warmia and Masuria, Poland. Magdalena enjoys project-based learning and location-based learning, and she also likes to combine regular and online activities.
 

Publications

Vicki Papageorgiou
Vicki Papageorgiou

Vicky Papageorgiou is a foreign language teacher (English, Italian, Greek) with 20 years of experience, mainly with adult learners. She holds an MA in Art (Goldsmiths College, UK) and an MA in Education (Open University of Cyprus). Last year she also completed her PGCE in Technology Enhanced Learning at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David for. She studied in Greece, Italy and the UK but also participated in an international project for the McLuhan program in Culture and Technology (University of Toronto, Canada) for which she translated an online dictionary in Linear Perspective. Her fields of interest are Art in ESL, critical thinking, Inquiry Based learning, Technology enhanced learning and teaching adults. She is currently based in Thessaloniki (Greece) working as an Adjunct Lecturer at Metropolitan College.
Nora Hennick

Nora Hennick is an editor and creator of ELT content based in New York City. She has worked in academic publishing for the past four years developing video, digital, and print projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature as well as an MFA in creative writing.
Anna Whitcher
Anna Whitcher
 

Newsletter

 
Nora Hennick
Anna Whitcher
Anna Whitcher
 

Online Events

Rob Howard

Rob Howard is the owner of Online Language Center. He is a teacher and writer for EFL and a consultant and speaker regarding online retention, using technology in and out of the classroom and the importance of the proper usage of images and film for learning. He is the founder of EFLtalks, building an online worldwide PLN+ for teachers, nominated for the 2016 British Council’s ELTon Award for Innovation in Teacher Resources.
 

Social Media

Roseli Serra

Roseli Serra is an enthusiastic educator in Brazil. Graduated in English and Portuguese, she works as an ELT consultant, teacher trainer, materials writer, Cambridge examiner and e-moderator. She’s also a psychologist, a mentor and has a post-graduate degree in Applied Linguistics. At the moment she is a Regional Supervisor of International School being in charge of implementing a bilingual program and training teachers. She truly believes in life-long learning, teacher development and mentoring. She also loves all sort of images and moving images such as paintings, photogaphs, videos, films, and all sort of visual arts. She blogs at http://roseliserra.blogspot.com.br and tweets as @SerraRoseli
Vicki Papageorgiou
Vicki Papageorgiou
Nora Nagy

Nora Nagy is an EFL teacher, writer and researcher. She has been involved in teaching since 2004, and ELT writing and editing since 2010 in Italy and Hungary. She is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics/TESOL at the Universtiy of Pécs. Her PhD research explores the place and use of multimodal narratives and literature in language education, genre-based pedagogy, art- and text-based curriculum design. She earned a Master of English Language and Literature (British Culture specialization) and TESOL degree from the University of Debrecen in Hungary. She is the author of the Helbling Readers Blog, and she teaches for the British Council in Budapest. She has taught the course ‘Using Literature in the Language Classroom’ at the University of Debrecen. She specialises in teaching with literature and the visual arts, and she is interested in literacy and museum education. She has edited various graded readers and an exam preparation course.
Rob Howard
 

Events

Sylvia Karastathi

Dr. Sylvia Karastathi is a teacher educator and lecturer in TESOL at the Department of English Language and Language Teaching at New York College, Athens, Greece. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she wrote a thesis on contemporary literature and visual culture, and an MA in Modern Literature and Culture (University of York). She has published in the field of word and image studies in The Museal Turn (2012) and The Handbook of Intermediality (2015) and her current research focuses on visual culture and visual literacy in language education.
Kieran Donaghy
 

Interviews

Rob Howard
Valeria França

Dr. Valéria França has worked in the field of ELT for over twenty-five years and is a teacher and teacher trainer at Cultura Inglesa S.A., Brazil. Her PhD was in applied linguistics and sociocultural theory. This eventually led her back to the world of visual arts, focusing on drawing, painting, installation art and, more recently, transmedia storytelling as a means of mediating learning processes, especially language learning processes. She has carried out a number of projects with learners. She also encourages professional teacher development using the visual arts as a means to foster greater empathy, critical thinking, autonomy and collaboration in the learning/teaching process. She blogs at: https://valeriabfranca.com/
 

Graphic Design and Media Production

Jade Blue

Jade Blue came to English Language Teaching from a background in Theatre Arts. She has a first class honours degree in Physical Theatre and previously ran her own theatre company, touring one woman shows and delivering large scale outdoor events. In 2011 Jade fell passionately into the world of ELT and now works in Germany and the UK as an English language teacher, Business English trainer, and teacher-trainer. She is CELTA, TESOL Diploma and Cert IBET qualified and has delivered seminars on Projects in EFL,Phonemes & Pronunciation and Learner Generated Visuals. Jade writes an ELT blog, has been published in Voices and has recently contributed her own learner visuals to an upcoming Routledge publication on Reflective Practice in ELT. Jade has a special interest in the use of visuals in ELT and is currently researching and compiling materials for an ELT resource book on Learner Generated Visuals.
 

Website Manager

Emma L Pratt

Emma L Pratt is the Co-Founder & Co-Director of Frameworks Education Group that specialises in teacher development. She also is the developer of the 2016 ELTons nominated TEFL Preparation Course and Teaching English to Young Learners on ELTCampus, an online platform she also founded and developed. She is an online learning developer currently developing new online courses, a writer and has been an English teacher since 1999 and has been involved with teacher development and CLIL. Emma is also a practising artist (www.emmapratt.com) with a degree in Fine Arts, a post-graduate in Museology and more recently programming and web design. She has also worked in museum education and run a nationwide artists in schools project in New Zealand. Her research interest is in the area of teaching artists and citizen artists, as well as the visual arts in learning. She is currently working on an Artists in Schools action research project developing visual work in a primary school and working on parallel workshops for learning and the visual arts.