Dandan (Doreen) Chen (PhD research student)

Thesis title: The impact of visual art based methods in second language acquisition: intertwining illustration in a L2 classroom instructed setting


Dandan is a PhD student from the University of Edinbrugh majoring in education where her research focuses on the visual methodologies in the teaching and learning of additional languages, CLIL (Content and Language Integated Learning) and Pluriliteracies. Her current project takes a turn of exploring visual approaches used by second lanuage learners to articulate their understanding of the subject specific content and the academic language to internalize meaning making and deep learning.

She has been teaching English since 2013 as she did a Bsc in Buinsess English though her academic backgraound is mainly art-based as she did another Bachelor in Animation followed with two Masters in Illustrtion and Interdisciplinary Creative Practicses by Research respectively from Edinburgh College of Art, derived from which she developed her current research topic of combining art with language education. Some of her artworks can be found via https://869432330.wixsite.com/illustratedpaints 


MA illustration

MSc Interdisciplinary practices by research

BA Animation

BSc Business English

Current research interests

students generated visual methods (drawing) in L2 classroom; classroom discourses; see through signs of drawings that reflect on concept comprehension; impact of L1 concept formation on L2 concept understanding

Past research interests

story illustration; animal welfare

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