Yesterday, my workmate Bruno Albuquerque and I participated in the seminar MYCRAFT:REBOOTING ELT SKILLS at Cultura Inglesa, in Brasília. Our Presentation aimed to give ELT teachers basic drawing skills, since drawing is so appealing to students and consequently makes classes fun. We started by telling the participants why students benefit from drawing, Then, we told them a story that would allow us to teach them how to draw ANIMALS and EMOTIONS, which are two things we always have to teach at one point or another in our teaching careers. Each participant received a sheet with frames in blank and throughout the story telling, participants drew each animal and emotion along with us.
As someone who has always enjoyed drawing and studied art in college, I particularly think that we, as teachers, need to have basic drawing skills. I lost count of the times I have been asked the meaning of something that was a lot easier for me to explain by drawing. Also, engaging students into drawing tasks adds a fun element to the classroom environment. Here are some of the benefits of drawing which I happen to have found when I was browsing the net the other day, just in case you’re wondering.