Artspeak: English as a Foreign Language Workshop

International art English may be everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In this workshop you can boost your language skills by analysing artworks in the classroom as well as visiting exhibitions and discussing ideas in the museum / gallery context.

Course Requirements:
English Competency Level: B2 and above

International Art English (IAE) may be used everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to speak! In this workshop, you are invited to boost your language skills by analyzing artworks in the classroom as well as visiting exhibitions and discussing ideas in the museum/gallery context.
Despite the dominance of English as the international language of art, many people still lack confidence when discussing complex ideas. This four-day workshop on Art English will give participants the opportunity to critically engage with images and exhibitions, discuss theories of art and articulate individual ideas.

The first part will include classroom-based seminars analyzing and exploring particular topics such as the museum and curating practices, language and art, or portraits and anti-portraits. Here we will look at a diverse selection of modern and contemporary artworks and focus on making logical arguments based on visual or theoretical evidence, defending theoretical positions, using socio-political vocabulary when forming opinions, and identifying the appropriate language for debating and disagreeing. Participants will first gather ideas in small teams and later present them to the bigger group.
In the second part of the course, language skills will be challenged within the real-world context of a gallery or a museum. It will involve getting to know the Berlin art scene through its galleries and museums, and discussing exhibitions in situ.
By the end of the course students should have:

  • increased confidence when describing artworks in English;
  • increased ability to express complex ideas in English;
  • increased confidence in forming opinions and calmly debating with other students in English;
  • widened their vocabulary and become aware of any recurring grammatical errors.


10:00 – 13:15               Seminar (15-minute break)
13:15 – 14:00               Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00               Museum/gallery visit



English Competency level: B2 and above

Rosemary Hogarth is a visual artist, English language teacher, and translator based in Berlin. Born in Scotland, she trained as a painter at the Glasgow School of Art and studied art history and theory at the University of Glasgow. She has been teaching English for ten years and specialises in interdisciplinary lessons where language and subject matter are given equal weight.

Run period:
12.08.2019 – 15.08.2019
Course time:
10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Application Deadline:

Course fee:
EUR 390

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