Strolling round the Gallery

October 23, 2011 § 13 Comments

Welcome to this collection!
Talented, up and coming language gardeners have kindly lent us their works of art. The original masterpieces can be found in their own galleries.
If you want to join in, click here: Can I have a go, please?! Of course you can.

Magpie Moments‘s Anna was first to fly the nest, and this is what she brought back from her class of adult learners about their city, Bradford. Notice the lovely green and blue adjective – noun collocations.

At Reflections of…, Dave created this plant with his group of young learners. The unplugged lesson, comparing two different drinks, uncovered this language, which they then used in an active, get-up-and-move-around activity.

During working hours, Mike focused on “there is/are”. Here we get a glimpse into his hippy record collection, a folk song that hit the charts numerous times in the 1960s, “If I had a hammer”. This does sound like the Mantras of a Madman.

In romantic Verona, at English Learning in Our World, Sharon brought to life her poem about collocations with “held”. We can’t hold a candle to her work here.

Over in Abruzzo, look at how, in this collection, Janet shows the evolution of her thinking, She wanted to express some of the things she loves about this beautiful region in central Italy.

This second design has the same words, but a totally different feel. Free-flowing waves have been replaced by a tighter structure. “Which do you prefer?” she may ask you.

“It’s all about tones”, Oli from An Experiment in Dogme explains. “Cantonese is a tonal language, and I’ve used word shape to show this. “The little “ah” at the end of the sentences makes it a question”, he helpfully adds about this work from his private collection.

Plugging the Unplugged is one of Chiew’s blogs. Here he combined two challenges, celebrating ELTpics‘s birthday by creatively overlaying the picture his learners discussed onto the language plant. We love this technique, and I’m sure others will try it out too.

An Escocesa in Madrid, Cat Bethune took language from one of her recent lessons. She loves being on holiday! Don’t we all, Cat. It has a classic language plant shape, with words branching off neatly at different nodes. It really does look like a little tree (on its side ;-)).

Way over in the Philippines, Joy has started making plants for her young learners. Here’s one on her innermost thoughts. We love these sentiments, Joy, and the way you have expressed them!

Stepping back, Vicky Loras declared: “Looking at my plant now, “teacher” and “student” look like parts of links in a chain, which are connected with another link, “learn together”.” Beautiful.

Thank you, artists, for your generosity of time and spirit. It’s been inspirational putting your work in one gallery. I think I’ve displayed everyone; have a quiet word with the curator if not. And just to remind any members of the viewing public who would like to try their hand, just click here: Yep, I want to get my hands dirty too!!
I, and I’m sure many others, would love to see your work.

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