Modern Japanese Art in the EFL Classroom EFL • 授業の中での現代日本芸術

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Gwyn Helverson, Ritsumeikan University


Illustrations in EFL textbooks are already used as visual stimuli in controlled practice exercises for grammar or functional language points. Contemporary art, however, often has more impact on students because of its drama and intent. Given its intellectual and symbolic meanings, art also lends itself to content-based discussions with higher level students. This paper provides practical material for conversational lessons utilizing Japanese art that can be adapted to student levels ranging from false beginner to advanced. Lesson topics include future tense, comparisons, language-learning strategies, giving advice, and discussing cultural stereotypes.