The Art(s) of/in Foreign Language Teaching
December 6th-7th 2019
O.P. Jindal Global University
The Global Languages Centre of the O.P. Jindal Global University is pleased to invite you to its 1st International Conference on Foreign Language Teaching. Artists, university teachers, PhD scholars and school teachers teaching German, Spanish or French as a Foreign Language are requested to send original research abstracts for presentations or workshops.
The conference will be held on the 6th and the 7th of December 2019 at the O.P. Jindal Global University in Sonipat, India under the theme “The Art(s) of/in Foreign Language Teaching”.
Today, we live in times where foreign language education is increasingly becoming susceptible to the dictates of neoliberal consumerism. Prevalent metaphors in the field of education such ‘student as customer’, ‘teacher as service provider’ or ‘language as product’ distract from the beauty of the process of learning itself. These metaphors fail to cover the joy of learning and the possibilities of exploring the self through delving into the unknown. Unfortunately, these metaphors are seldom subjected to critical reflection and therefore continue to subtly shape institutional frameworks in which foreign language education takes place, in turn affecting the curriculum and the foreign language educational policies.
The conference aims to critically reflect upon the role of the foreign language teacher today and the inspiration that foreign language education can receive from various art forms. In his book The Art of Foreign Language Teaching, Improvisation and Drama in Teacher Development and Language Learning (2007), Peter Lutzker explores and develops the idea that foreign language teaching can be an art. This encompasses both considering the possibilities that artistic processes offer to foreign language learners as well as the meaning of artistry in foreign language teaching.
In learning through the arts – fine, visual, digital or performing arts, learners are able to express their thoughts, experiences and emotions; connect them with their imagination, fantasy and rational thinking. Arts being an inseparable part of culture, can lead to the development of cultural awareness among learners. Most importantly, they enable embodied learning. By engaging in an art form, the learner becomes aware of the inseparable link between the mind and the body, thereby adding the dimension of aesthetic competence (Wolfgang Sting, 2003) to language acquisition. It is indeed an act of self-discovery, when a learner inculcates the crucial ability to understand aesthetic phenomena and products in their impact and tries to herself stage/perform the phenomena giving them a personal meaning.
In his seminal text How We Think (1910), John Dewey questioned the idea of the seriousness as a part of the teacher’s being and introduced the artistic ideal of harmony between mental seriousness and playfulness. Owing to the monotony of teaching time tables and the pressure of covering syllabus for the examination, foreign language teachers, today, live at a high risk of suffering from burnout. The integration of art forms in teachers’ training programmes can have a rejuvenating effect on the styles of teaching giving them an opportunity of self-realignment and -reassessment. By placing the arts within the context of foreign language learning, foreign language teachers can scaffold instruction, make learning relevant and meaningful, help learners develop self-esteem, foster creativity, promote high levels of analysis, reasoning, and questioning, model problem solving and emphasize interpreting and communication of ideas.
The present conference welcome abstracts related to theoretical, conceptual, methodological and empirical sub-themes, regarding the role of art in the foreign language education including, but not limited to:
Please send your abstracts (max. 150 words in MS Word) to Mr. Adarsh Singh (firstname.lastname@example.org) latest by October 15th, 2019. You shall receive an intimation of acceptance of abstract by November 5th, 2019.
There is no registration fee. The Global Languages Centre will provide for local conveyance, accommodation and meals for the selected presenters. For all other participants, only meals will be provided at a nominal charge.
Dr. Lovey Srivastava (email@example.com)