Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
"Van Gogh's Irises" is a collection of twenty, original short texts, all under 900 words. Included are eight fictional pieces, six "journalistic essays" in which an opinion on a given issue is expressed, and six "descriptive essays" in which the author aims at pure description of an object, event or place. The pieces are followed by "Suggestions for Using the Texts in the ESL Classroom," a compilation of ideas for activities to encourage comprehension and discussion of the texts and, eventually, composition by the students themselves.
The subjects of the texts are all common, inspired by experiences in everyday life. They range from looking for a job to looking at a painting. Most of the topics are suitable for all ages, although the audience the author usually had in mind when writing them was adult.
Curriculum and Instruction | Education
Griffin, Thomas, "Van Gogh’s Irises and Other Things to Read for the ESL Student" (1983). MA TESOL Collection. 547.