“To Put It Simply”: Teaching through and about Simplicity

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Friday 12 May

TRACK 1:
LANGUAGE AWARENESS

P R E S E N T A T I O N
“To Put It Simply”: Teaching through and about Simplicity“,
Ms. Martina Windisch-Koenig. FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Place: Room D407
Time: 9.15 – 10.00
Description: I will present the outline of an ESP course for students of Information Design drawing upon John Maeda’s book “The Laws of Simplicity”, illustrating how a text can be used in a threefold manner, as a source for information and ideas, as an example of language usage, and as the basis for developing and/or selecting teaching materials. The book suggests itself for an English course in Information Design as its author, a graphic designer and computer scientist, proposes ten laws for simplifying complex systems in business, life and product design. I want to focus on the benefits the methodology I used offers for EFL learning and teaching since the use of varying tuition methods fosters learner autonomy and motivation through interactivity and multimedia. Using subject-specific authentic texts clearly raised the learners motivation which was further increased through fun in the activities, curiosity as the subject matter was of interest to students, multimedial learning material and social interaction.