Tuesday, May 19 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
[Webinar] Expanding the VTS Questioning Schema to Widen the Learners’ Cultural Lens LIMITED

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In the ELT classroom Art Analysis activities that target critical-thinking skills can be a powerful tool for both language learning and culture learning for all ages. A typical format for such analysis is Yenawine’s Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) and its three-question schema: 1) What’s going on here? 2) What do you see that makes you say that? and 3) What more can you find? These three questions provide a solid starting point for observational skill using English as the target language. However, as learners mature VTS confronts the limitation of observations that come from the (mono)cultural lens of the learner and the resultant perceptions and assumptions based on their own culture. As the learner’s language ability grows, the critical-thinking skills need an intentional expansion of the learner’s cultural worldview in order to learn to analyze from a different perspective. Additionally, with this wider cultural lens the learner significantly increases their own self-awareness, the ultimate of critical-thinking skills. This webinar will present a process for structuring Art Analysis activities that has the learner develop critical-thinking skills that recognize the potential for bias and how to grow beyond them.

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Carolyn Ryffel

Independent Communication Strategies Trainer, Consultant, and Coach
Carolyn Ryffel, M.A,, is an independent consultant, trainer,  and coach specializing in international business communication where English is the Lingua Franca.  She is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance from the Association of Talent Development and a certified... Read More →