Journal article

"You Get to Be Yourself": Visual Arts Programs, Identity Construction and Learners of English as an Additional Language

Meg Wielgosz, Paul Molyneux

Journal of Language, Identity & Education | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015


Students learning English as an additional language (EAL) in Australian schools frequently struggle with the cultural and linguistic demands of the classroom while concurrently grappling with issues of identity and belonging. This article reports on an investigation of the role primary school visual arts programs, distinct programs with a specialist teacher, in a designated art room, can play in supporting EAL students’ identity construction and social transition. At six Melbourne primary schools, classroom observations and teacher and student interviews revealed that the visual art programs offer clear possibilities for enhanced and empowered constructions of identity. This article focuses ..

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