Connecting your EAL community online through creative acts

Abstract

For the past 2 years, with all our teaching on Zoom, students and staff have been yearning to find ways to connect, to celebrate our resilience together, to mark the ends of our endless terms online. Through learning a simple choreographed dance on Zoom, participants can redefine the Zoom frame as a playful, creative space.

We feel energised, connected and share a bit of joy together in our learning/teaching communities. This dance is just one of many creative acts that can be used in the EAL community/ classroom.

It’s all about getting students out of their seats and into their bodies as a way of learning and connecting.

In Sally’s session, conference participants learn a short upbeat dance online/face to face as a means to connect and find a sense of play with colleagues and students.

Presenter

Sally Smith

Sally Smith

EAL/Arts Educator

Sally Smith is an experienced ESL and Arts educator. For over twenty years, Sally has been teaching dance in a variety of community, school-based and adult education contexts. She is a professional dancer and choreographer performing throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with Strange Fruit, Sue Healey, Born in a Taxi and in her own works.

For the past 8 years, Sally has been teaching ESL in various Adult Education settings, specializing in Speaking and Pronunciation and bringing her creative movement skills into the EAL classroom to encourage students to explore language learning through kinaesthetic and choreographic processes.