Open Conference Systems, Language and Language Teaching Conference 2020

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VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES AND LANGUAGE TEACHING IN AN EMERGENCY TEACHING ERA: NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Shaun Nolan, Chrysogonus Siddha Malilang

Last modified: 2020-10-26

Abstract


Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) were originally conceived to be applied in Art Museum and indeed in education, VTS is traditionally linked with teaching activities through Art studies. There is, however, a growing interest in directly applying this method in other areas and language teaching is foremost among them. This is further facilitated by the shifts in the concept of reading during the last several decades where images are included alongside written text. At the time of writing, the global CoVid-19 emergency has pushed teaching at all levels into the virtual classroom and there is growing urgency to embrace less verbal communication and more visual facilitation in this online teaching environment. But this emergency teching is opening up new opportunities in the context of blended learning in the post-CoVid-19 crisis world and providing the seeds for future teaching methods and flexibility for both students and teachers. VTS which has shown proven efficiency in in-person teaching has also, through its anchoring in visual literacy, great potential in an online learning environment. This presentation will argue how VTS can scaffold language learning in the online environment.


Keywords


Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), emergency teaching, visual literacy, language learning, blended learning