LINGUIST List 32.1388

Mon Apr 19 2021

Calls: English; Applied Ling/France

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 19-Apr-2021
From: Justine PARIS <>
Subject: ARDAA Workshop, Drawing, doodling, sketching to learn and teach English
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Full Title: ARDAA Workshop, Drawing, doodling, sketching to learn and teach English

Date: 15-Oct-2021 - 15-Oct-2021
Location: Nanterre University, Paris, France
Contact Person: Pascale Manoïlov
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >
Web Site:

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Call Deadline: 15-May-2021

Meeting Description:

The idea of this workshop was the result of an observation: drawing is central to children's learning and the written trace at the end of a language class often takes the shape of drawing in primary schools. However, the use of drawing seems to be rare beyond secondary school, but not non-existent, as the organisers of the day noted: people also draw at university! Drawing as a language learning tool is nevertheless the subject of little work and lacks visibility.

The main aim of this study day is to explore the contribution of drawings, doodles, diagrams, etc. to English language learning, from pre-school to university and in teacher training.
In the context of English language teacher training, Rémon (2020) asks students, to draw a diagram of learning processes in order to make them aware of the role of the body in the practice of a foreign language.

It is in the line of this work that we wish to continue exploring these practices of drawing, subjective mapping and sketching in the specific context of the teaching/learning of English.
We wish to give learners or teachers’ graphic creations their rightful place in a context of English language learning, whether these are used as data for / in research, or at the heart of a teacher’s lesson.

Call for Papers:

Papers should preferably be in English as some of the workshop participants will be non-French speakers. Should some speakers prefer to communicate in French, they will be assisted in producing an abstract and slideshow in English.
The audience will be invited to take notes in the form of drawings or sketches and share them with all the participants. The day will begin with a sketching workshop (a method of note-taking by drawing and spacializing information).

Two types of contributions are possible:
- 20-minute research-format papers followed by 10 minutes of discussion,
- 10-minutes experience-sharing talks followed by 5 minutes of discussion. The last slide will present some questions to open the discussion.

Interventions may address the following points:
- Drawing/scribbling/mapping for teaching/training/explaining
- Drawing/scribbling/mapping to assess
- Drawing/scribbling/mapping to memorise
- Drawing/scribbling/mapping for meaning-making
- Draw/scribbling/mapping for interaction
- Drawing/scribbling/mapping... why not?
- Drawing /writing: pros and cons
- Drawing/writing: opposition or convergence?
- What if the written trace after a lesson wasn't in the written form?

Preference will be given to presentations which focus on specific aspects of English language learning (grammatical, phonological, civilizational, geographical or communicative activities) and that give an account of classroom experiences (from kindergarten to higher education). The presentations will state the theoretical framework, the research objectives and the results. Any attempt to qualify or measure the contributions of drawing (in any form) in an empirical manner will be welcomed (data highlighting involvement, motivation or actual learning).
Speakers are invited to bring in learners' productions for display. Speakers will also be required to send the text of their paper by Sept. 15, 2021 to enable our sketchers to prepare their drawings.

Link to full CFP:
Abstracts should be sent to and before May 15, 2021

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