Teaching English through Art

With my amazing colleagues at Andrioti School in Corfu

With my amazing colleagues at Andrioti School in Corfu

For the last 13 years, ever since I was an undergraduate student, teaching English (EFL) in various locales and contexts has been my bread and butter; a profession that I have come to love and that has offered me the independence to fuel my academic and artistic pursuits. I care deeply about education, especially in the current climate, and teaching teens is my passion, helping them to discover the world and form their ideas based on critical thinking and a spirit of inquiry. Language teaching, especially a global language such as English, is a perfect channel through which to do this.

I’m fortunate to have a terrific relationship with Andrioti School, where I’ve been offered the creative space to develop a series of art, culture, and myth-related courses and seminars for both children and adults.

Last summer (2015) I taught an English Through Myth course to a group of schoolchildren who visited us from Bosnia, and it was one of the most creative and enjoyable courses I ever taught!

 

This summer (2016), we integrated the arts into our teen EFL classes even further, with more field trips and inquiry-based teaching . Thus a fruitful collaboration between Andrioti School and ICON Gallery was born – since symbolist art that tells a story offers numerous opportunities to get students talking in real-world situations and to learn about culture while doing so. The students themselves requested this particular field-trip, and it was a day to remember. See the video below for a taster….

 

Theatre and art engaged our smallest students with events for the whole family….

Then, later this summer, we ran our first Arts Camp for teens. Over the course of a week, we encountered Van Gogh, Klimt, Magritte, and Picasso, and students from different countries learned to paint in the style of these artists while speaking only English…..

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For later this year we have a slew of language and cultural courses planned for adults and children alike…. looks like it will be another fruitful year!