Monday, 2 November 2015

Art and a World of words

What  a simple but wonderful book! this link gives you more information about the book Art A World of words
On each double page spread you can find:

  • right hand page has a piece of famous art
  • left hand page has specific noun,adjective or verb linked to the picture - for example a picture of a lady on a swing (famous 18th century Art) and the 12 verbs for "to swing" with phonetic pronunciation below each verb.
So how am I thinking of using this book as a stimulus in language learning

  1.  For the understanding of basic grammar and vocabulary building
  2. To look at similarities and differences in languages and build inquisitive young language learners
  3. For performance
  4. For our own Art work
  5. To bring the picture to life with the use of APPs.
  6. To create our own word lists and creative activities linked to a famous picture.

Grammar and vocabulary 

  • Let's identify the artist and look at the picture on its own
  • Now let's discuss what we can see.Brainstorm key language or look it up in bilingual dictionaries
  • Let's identify the focus noun or adjective or verb we think the author of the book has identified in each picture.Ask the children to suggest verbs that link to the picture or nouns or adjectives that are associated with the pictrue
  • Now reveal the noun,verb, adjective that the author has chosen to link to the picture.
  • Create a "word doodle " ( drawing in the shape of the key word in the style of the picture and the artist)
A world of words and grammar.
  • Take a word walk through the key focus piece of vocabulary chosen by the author of the book to link to the picture.
  • Discuss the similarities and differences between the 12 wrds
  • Look for similartities across the languages or slight changes in letters or letter strings
  • Discuss the grammar links across the selected nouns (e.g the fact that masculine and feminine definite articles could look the same in different languages or that infinitives of verbs have similar endings etc)
Word Doodle Art
  • Picking up the idea of "word doodles" in "Grammar and Vocabulary" and linking this to the exploration of similarities and differences in languages mentioned in "A world of words and grammar" we can create "Word Doodle Art "of the picture
  • Take the shape, style and colours of the pucture and encourage the children to make word doodles with each of the 12 words to represent the word in each language in the style of the picture.Encourage children who have a home language to add their own key language too!
  • Create a class display.
Performance Time
  • This will be a very simple voice percussion activity either based on the one target language and the key vocabulary or exploring the possible sound of each of the 12 words in the different languages.
  • Ask the children to explore the phonetical spelling , to create the sound they expect for the word and then to perform the word in the style of the picture.Waht type of vpoice,speed and volume does the picture encourage you to use for the key word?
  • Put the spoken words of all the class together abnd make a class spoken orchestra of all the children speaking at the same time.
  • Record this.
  • Now take a photo of the picture.
  • Add a QR or use the Yakit4Kids APP and the sound file you have created and bring the pucture to life!
  • Play the APP for ther class!

Our own 5 little word books and our own short film of famous Art
  • Give out to the class the same piece of famous Art by a target language artist.
  • Find out more about the artist
  • Discuss the picture
  • Give out bilingual dictionaries
  • Challenge the children to identify and then find a noun, two verbs and two adjectives
  • Each 'child must write out the words, identify which structure within a sentence the word represents
  • Each child can then add spoken words using the APPs mentioned previously
  • Now share the pictures on the class IWB and watch and listen to the results!

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