Look at the picture! (LS-RS-451)

In the times of online teaching

Global school lockdown has changed the way we teach these days. Millions of children and teachers have switched from the face-to-face classroom environment to cloud-based teaching. All of the learning resources are now available in a virtual environment. Teachers and students are now using various learning management systems in order to communicate, execute learning process, record and assess students’ performance.

Teaching grammar in a creative way

Teaching grammar and tenses is one of the most significant components of foreign language teaching. Language teachers have always been encouraged to find creative and engaging ways of teaching grammar. Why stop now!? This learning scenario combines teaching grammar and exploring Europeana resources. It was implemented online, in English as a foreign language lesson with students aged 12.

In this LS, students are given the opportunity to practice Present Progressive tense while being introduced to Amalia Lindegren, a Swedish painter, and her artwork. Amalia Lindegren was one of the women included in the Women’s History Month on Europeana, which focused on notable women and their work throughout history. Students are first introduced to the painter by looking at the article from Europeana Exhibitions about Amalia Lindegren. The game-like activity created in  LearningApps is based on Lindegren’s work and enables students to practice Present Progressive tense. For the final product of the lesson, students are encouraged to create their own artwork just like Amalia and write a short description of it using the Present Progressive tense.

Why this Learning Scenario?

The students’ feedback on this lesson was positive. Learning about the painter and game-like activity provided students with necessary context and practice which they needed to complete the final task – create artwork and write a short description of it using the target language. The activities described in this LS helped students develop their ICT and English language skills, stimulate their creativity and imagination. It also deepened their sense of aesthetics and knowledge of European cultural heritage.

Students artworks on Padlet

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CC BY 4.0: the featured image used to illustrate this article has been found on Europeana Collections and provided by the Wellcome Collection.

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