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Found Objects | Luke Meddings (London, UK)
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (BST)
London, United Kingdom
Tuesday 18 September
1830 - 2030 | British Council, 10 Spring Gardens, SW1A 2BN
How Picasso’s bull’s head can be used in the ELT classroom
The idea of found objects derives from taking things designed for another purpose and turning them
into art: Picasso’s bull’s head made from bicycle parts is a famous example. The principle for teaching
is the same: find something interesting and use it as stimulus for a lesson.
Although it is possible to generate interaction merely by displaying a ‘found object’, we also need to
develop lesson frameworks and teaching strategies which help us to shape this into a learning
In this hands-on workshop we'll explore ways to build memorable lessons and lesson sequences
using non-‘teaching’ stimulus that is readily available to teachers and learners in the UK and
elsewhere. As we do this, we'll look at some key questions, including:
- Is there a difference between 'stimulus' and 'materials' in the classroom?
- How much structure should we provide - and how do we find a balance between direction and
- What are the pros and cons of verbal and non-verbal stimulus?
- How can learners be encouraged to source their own objects?
- How can found objects be used to inspire project work?
Participants will be invited to work with a found object and share their ideas for developing it as
stimulus, before feeding back on Luke Medding's suggestions.
Who is this for?
All English Language teachers - EFL, ESOL, EAL - from newly qualified to experienced.
1830 – 1900 Welcome and refreshments
1900 – 2000 Found objects with Luke Meddings
2000 – 2030 Networking reception
Every seminar is free of charge.
However places are limited.
The British Council Seminar Series takes place across the UK, including once a month in London. The seminars are intended to provoke debate and discussion on current issues in English Language teaching and can contribute to the continuing professional development of English Language teachers based in, or visiting, the United Kingdom.
Every seminar is free of charge and includes the opportunity to network with fellow ELT practitioners.
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