On the border of Art and Teaching in the Multilingual World

On the border of Art and Teaching in the Multilingual World

still image from
'New Speaker Stories'
a 20 minute film
by Deirdre MacKenna
2017
© Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

 

On the Border of Art and Language Teaching in the Multilingual World was a one-day workshop held in Glasgow in June 2018. Programmed to occur in the context of the Refugee Festival Scotland, designed to explore how art- based methods are and can be used as research tools and as pedagogy.

The workshop included a keynote, case studies and collaborative sessions between artists, teachers, academics, learners and speakers and was informed by the PhD research of Marta Nitecka Barche, Dobrochna Futro and Deirdre MacKenna, and the examples of Milk Café working with speakers of new languages and the New Speaker Studio exhibition.

Documentation of the workshop will be of interest to teachers and students of languages, linguistics, museum studies, sociology, art education and art and those who are seeking progressive interdisciplinary methods tailored to the needs of specific social groups, including, for example, adult ESOL learners who constitute significantly different research group than children, young adults, and students.

The entire workshop aimed to be a tangible example of interdisciplinary cooperation and use of art beyond art-context. We aimed to

– learn about using artistic inquiry for research – how we could use artistic enquiry to establish a better understanding of multilingualism itself, about the process of language learning (becoming multilingual) and a language learner (being/ becoming a multilingual language speaker), and

– learn how and what art and art-based teaching activities could be used to support the process of language learning in the multilingual context.

In order to achieve this, we invited artists, teachers, children, and adult ESOL and foreign languages learners to attend the workshop so that the initial ideas and examples presented by our invited speakers can be tested, explored, evaluated and debated not only by academics but also by artists, language teachers and learners themselves.

By placing the actual experiences of the new speakers at the centre of the learning process, we hope to invert traditional models and be led by the learners/speakers themselves. We expected to identify models of practice which are more effective than those which are currently used.

This action-research discusses examples of the art-practice and the New Speaker Studio in particular as existing and potential models of research and pedagogy of languages, in university, school and community situations; ‘The New Speaker Studio’  is an interesting example of how an artistic means of expression can be used in a non-artistic context. 

On the Border of Art and Language Teaching in the Multilingual World has been planned to take place within the Refugee Festival Scotland 2018 exhibition ‘New Speaker Stories’ by Deirdre MacKenna in order to provide an example of artistic enquiry into language acquisition, and art-based language learning activities (pedagogy).

On the Border of Art and Language Teaching in the Multilingual World is devised and produced by Marta Nitecka Barche (University of Aberdeen), Dobrochna Futro (University of Glasgow) and Deirdre MacKenna (University of Dundee).

1 day Workshop from 9.45 to 4pm.

Please find out more details at this page.

Please read a blog report by Dubrochna Futro here.

Eventbright booking page.

Please see the Refugee Festival Scotland 2018 and Milk Café for more information in the meantime.

Funded by: University of Aberdeen, University of Glasgow, University of Dundee, The Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities Cohort Development Programme (SGSAH), Cultural Documents.

Partners: The Milk CaféThe New Speakers Network and Heriot Watt University.

Location: The Milk Café, 452 Victoria Road, Glasgow G42 8YU


  • Date from: 18 June 2018
  • Date to: 18 June 2018
  • Glasgow - Festival Refugee Scotland 2017 at Milk Café, 452 Victoria Road G42 8YU
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still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

still image from 'New Speaker Stories' a 20 minute film by Deirdre MacKenna 2017 © Cultural Documents and COST New Speakers Network

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