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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Bonnie Mennell


This paper shows how simple drawings were used to teach English to a beginning-level language class. It contains a syllabus outlining the material covered in a ten-week course and reproductions of the pictures with commentary on how they were drawn and used. The main objective in using this type of drawing was to help students find the meaning of language within themselves, as they created it. The effectiveness of these pictures in teaching basic English led to the included in-depth analysis of how humans perceive, the elementary state of mind and viewpoint (as seen in the works of three groups of beginning artists: prehistoric man, children and the American Primitive), how art and language express and communicate, and the affirmation of the value of considering all of these in teaching beginning-level language students.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Educational Methods