Edited By András Benedek and Kristof Nyiri
Teaching Classics through Art: Visual Arts As a Tool for Enhancing Text Comprehension and Appreciation: Jonathan Shimony – Jula Wildberger
Teaching Classics through Art: Visual Arts As a Tool for Enhancing Text Comprehension and Appreciation Jonathan Shimony – Jula Wildberger The purpose of this paper is to present an unusual course experiment that we were able to undertake due to the unique teaching environment at our home in- stitution, The American University of Paris. We ventured into the new course with a bottom-up empirical approach, learning by doing something we hoped might work and constantly reflecting on our experiences. Believing that the re- sults might be interesting and transferable to other institutions, we decided to communicate them through this medium.1 1. Teaching Aims The American University of Paris is a liberal arts college accredited in the Unit- ed States but situated in France. It attracts an extremely diverse body of students from all over the globe, many of them combining multiple nationalities in their respective families. Among these, AUP also accommodates first-year under- graduates whose English skills are not yet sufficient for regular university stud- ies. In addition to intensive instruction in language and writing, these students take an interdisciplinary “Englishbridge” module that consists of two different courses for college credit, but with increased contact time and special attention to the students’ linguistic needs. Englishbridge introduces these newcomers to 1 What is unusual about this course is not the use of art in teaching literature by itself, nor so much the attention to literature and verbal exchange in a fine arts class, but the sus- tained intensity of co-operation and the...
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