English Australia Journal : English Australia Journal 31.2
Volume 31 No 2 3 English Australia Journal Utilising art museums as learning and teaching resources for adult English language learners: The strategies and benefits Purnima Ruanglertbutr The University of Melbourne English language teachers can enhance and enliven language learning by using art museums as a learning and teaching resource. This research report details findings from a qualitative and quantitative evaluation project conducted at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, with 240 students undertaking adult English courses across Melbourne. The report reveals the benefits of using art objects in museums to facilitate development of students’ linguistic and museum literacy skills. It offers teachers suggestions for organising curriculum-linked excursions to museums with reference to literature that acknowledges the similarities between the visual and verbal arts and its potential for developing English language macro skills. Introduction I was standing on a large stone with another surf lifesaver. I saw a man fly into the water when he was surfing. I swam quickly to that area. The water was salty and cold. I was worried because the waves were monstrous. It looked like it was going to eat me. I’m a surf lifesaver and I have been working for the Melbourne Surf Lifesaver club for two years. Everyday I swim in the ocean and rescue someone. I feel frightened when I work. Sometimes, I worry about the people who swim far and deep in the ocean, like today. I could hear the screams of people. It was difficult to help. I felt the adrenaline going up my body and my heart started to beat very fast. Extract from a short story written by an intermediate level General English student, in response to William Mckinnon’s painting, The Passage (2014). William Mckinnon’s painting represents the coastline of Shoreham and its surfers. The extract above, from an intermediate-level student’s short story reveals an imaginative response to the action-packed scene; a large-scale painting the student viewed on an excursion to the Ian Potter Museum of Art (the Potter), Melbourne. The visual imagery stimulates creative description in the first person using the five senses to convey both the exhilaration and fear experienced by a surf lifesaver.
English Australia Journal 31.1
English Australia Journal 32.1