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Re: Art Ed and L2 Acquisition

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Susan Bennett (sbennett)
Wed, 29 Dec 1999 23:57:07 -0500

Teresa, Do you have pulblished materlas that you are using on the subject of
drawing and painting-with ESL students? Please send me the writning titles
by Eisner and Kellogg. Thank you susan in Ohio ----Original Message-----
From: Teresa Tipton <tiptonist>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
Date: Sunday, December 26, 1999 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: Art Ed and L2 Acquisition

>Andy asks if anyone has noticed the effects of the arts on L2 acquisition
>I am teaching overseas in an international school where the majority of
>students are ESL. What I notice is what Eisner wrote about in "Reading,
>Writing, and the Arts," is that drawing in particular is a process of
>development. Developing and identifying schema are a central part of
>language aquisition. By working with arts processes, ESL students begin to
>recognize schema and identify with symbols through drawing. That these
>symbols are universal and can be found across cultures and time periods is
>pretty well documented by Kellogg and others. That students recognize them
>and link them across languages is facilitated by engaging in drawing and
>painting experiences.
>The arts are also a language and a way a(n ESL) student communicates. Art
>an expression of an interior landscape. By giving it a "voice" through the
>arts, it does have an affective impact, as well as a cognitive one. I often
>will draw parallels between the scientific method, science as a process,
>art as a process as we work through an arts experience. The arts are an
>integrative experience, not just higher-level thinking skills. The arts
>cross modalities, expressions, and languages. In this way, it gives an ESL
>student confidence in their ability to think, create, feel, and be
>recognized. The arts are also a powerful motivator to want to learn more,
>not just in art but in other subjects.
>Teresa Tipton
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