Faculty Research at Morehead State University


Art Class and Beginning English Language Learners: Art Teachers' Views, Practices, and Educational Background in Language Acquisition

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Spring 2005


Art class appears to be ideal for beginning second language acquirers, because it supplies extra linguistic context that makes input comprehensible. This promise, however, needs to be confirmed by research. A survey of art teachers who teach English Language Learners showed that at least some understand the potential of the art class, and some utilize strategies that make input more comprehensible. Art teachers, however, have little background in and access to knowledge about second language acquisition.