6 May 2014

Seminar: 'It's not about language, it's about people': Do ESOL learners benefit from engagement with museums?


Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)

Venue: Marriott Hotel, 4 Trevelyan Square, Boar Lane, LS1 6ET, UK

Program: British Council

Speaker: Julie Carr


Julie Carr is a museum educator, and has recently finished an MA looking at how people learn in museums. She has also served time teaching secondary History. Currently, she is the Programme Manager for adult learning at the Museum of London, where she is responsible for the ESOL provision.

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This seminar will focus on the results of the presenter’s MA dissertation, which tested the hypothesis that visits to museums do benefit ESOL learners. The results show that trips to museums are about improving the life skills of the learners as well as their language skills. They embolden the learners to step outside the confines of their communities and neighbourhoods to explore London and its museums, as well as improving relationships with each other and their families.

Aims
To demonstrate how visits to museums can support language learning, knowledge about life in UK and self-esteem.

Programme
1730 – 1800 Welcome and refreshments
1800 – 1855 'It's not about language, it's about people': Do ESOL learners benefit from engagement with museums with Julie Carr
1855 – 1905 Short break
1905 – 2000 Creative ESOL: The power of participatory arts in English language learning with Eleanor Cocks and Theah Dix
2000 – 2030 Networking reception




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