How does art practice contribute to language learning and teaching?

Associate Professor Peter Friedlander been drawing and painting images of India since he first travelled overland from the UK to India in 1977 and up to his most recent visit in 2017.

In this presentation and digital exhibition, Peter will draw on 40 years of such images to discuss the role of in learning and teaching language and culture. To illustrate this, he will show drawings and paintings he made in India while learning Hindi and explore how art practice was a vital element in his own study of Hindi language and Indian cultures.

Peter will then discuss how he set out from 2012 to incorporate his art practice into his teaching of Hindi and investigated the theory and practice of including comics in language teaching materials.

The event will conclude with a Q&A opportunity to discuss how more broadly art practice could make a valuable contribution to teaching and learning strategies.

Event Speakers

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Associate Professor Peter Friedlander

Peter Friedlander lived in India from 1977-1982 where he learned Hindi in Varanasi. He then studied at SOAS (London University) and completed his PhD on the life and works of the medieval Hindi poet-saint Ravidas in 1991. He was awarded an honour for his contribution to the study of Hindi and Hindi literature at the World Hindi Conference in South Africa in 2013.

Event details

Event date

Fri, 22 Sep 2023, 2 - 3:30pm



Event speakers

Associate Professor Peter Friedlander