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EFL & ART: visual literacy and very young learners

posted 19 Mar 2016, 09:58 by Mariel Amez

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“EFL & ART: visual literacy and very young learners”

The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make objects ‘unfamiliar,’ to make forms difficult to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged (Shklovsky, 1998, p. 17) .

The child is recurrently exposed to a distorted reality by interacting with the characters in the everyday input they receive – animated objects, talking animals, among others. Thus it is natural that they will feel attracted to this mutation and will either make up their own changes or perceive the ones produced by adults as natural to their fantasy world.

Annette Karmiloff-Smith (1992) defines the child as a notator, equipped with the exclusively human capacity to produce external prints, which for her constitute “cultural tools that leave a volitional printed trace of human communicative and cognitive acts.(p. 173)” This product can be iconic or not, as in the case of drawings and the writing system respectively. However, both fulfill a semiotic function; the image represents an idea, to which it is inherently attached. This post-Piagetian author bases her conception of human development upon the theory of Representational Redescription (RR model), which states that implicit automitised information is gradually transformed into explicit knowledge. According to her during infancy children build procedures to draw stereotyped images, such as those of a house, a human being or a car.

Around the age of four or five they can efficiently and quickly produce these drawings out of their culturally-imposed knowledge. But if they are requested to draw a non-existent house or a crazy car they will be forced to operate on their internal representations and beliefs rather than on the environment. This procedure intends to break with formulaic pictures in an attempt to foster brain plasticity.

The purpose of this workshop is to share different class projects which illustrate how ART can be used with very young learners as a fruitful way to acquire the foreign language in an image-rich context.

WHEN? Friday, 1 April 2016 - 6 pm 

WHERE? Asociación Católica San Patricio - Salta 2643, Rosario 2000 , Argentina

Free for APrIR members 

Students: $100
St Patrick's staff and Members of FAAPI affiliated Teacher Associations: $100
Non-members: $150