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University of the Arts London

“Seeing other examples has helped a bit”: using Padlet in academic English classes in the arts university


This article outlines and reflects on a series of writing activities from Language Development sessions with undergraduate art and design students using Padlet, an interactive notice board application, considering how Padlet offers new and different modes of communication and tutor feedback. The move to online teaching was imposed by the pandemic and lockdowns, and was challenging for language tutors who aim to embed language teaching and learning practice for students within the daily life of the art and design courses. However, the online classes revealed new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration.


Author Biography

Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein is a Language Development tutor at UAL. He teaches discipline and course-specific language and communication in relation to various fields of art and design, and liaises with course teams across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts in order to provide the most focussed and useful possible support and guidance for students with English as an additional language. Dan's practitioner research focusses mainly on how language teaching and learning can be embedded within the daily life of academic courses.