Presentation (Project) Title

Closing the Language Gap One Work of Art at a Time

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Dr. Catherine Wilkins (Judy Genshaft Honors College)

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Abstract

Struggling to learn English? (ESL) classes too boring? Well, I think so too. This study focuses on the impact of art analysis and incorporation on the language learning process is very readily tied to my own experiences having been part of several (ESL) programs. Serving as a literature review and framework for future VTS (Visual Thinking Strategy) facilitation, this research outlines the process by which those attempting to learn English as a second language can participate in VTS sessions to improve their comfort and confidence with English while simultaneously building community with other ESL participants. With the creation of this framework, we hope to improve communication between people of different linguistic backgrounds providing them with both agency and the means by which to explore newly realized interpersonal relationships. This literature review provided us with overwhelming evidence that art analysis and incorporation in the language learning process helps participants acquire fluency while self-assessment of confidence serves as a valid method to acquire empirical data for the use of statistical analysis to discern if our proposed framework is effective.

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Closing the Language Gap One Work of Art at a Time

Struggling to learn English? (ESL) classes too boring? Well, I think so too. This study focuses on the impact of art analysis and incorporation on the language learning process is very readily tied to my own experiences having been part of several (ESL) programs. Serving as a literature review and framework for future VTS (Visual Thinking Strategy) facilitation, this research outlines the process by which those attempting to learn English as a second language can participate in VTS sessions to improve their comfort and confidence with English while simultaneously building community with other ESL participants. With the creation of this framework, we hope to improve communication between people of different linguistic backgrounds providing them with both agency and the means by which to explore newly realized interpersonal relationships. This literature review provided us with overwhelming evidence that art analysis and incorporation in the language learning process helps participants acquire fluency while self-assessment of confidence serves as a valid method to acquire empirical data for the use of statistical analysis to discern if our proposed framework is effective.