Learning English through art

Painting a mural and dancing in a flash mob were a few of the activities helping students from the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México learn English this summer at UNT. The annual LTC Summer Institute offered by the Department of Linguistics and Technical Communication included tracks in performing and fine arts in addition to academics and professional development.
The students in the performing arts track, led by Elizabeth Schalchlin ('09 M.A., '11 M.A.), worked on improvisation, scripted skits and vocal warm-ups and planned and performed in the flash mob at the University Union. Chip Cullum ('99, '10 M.A.) led the fine arts track, in which students worked on origami, comic strips and the mural. The institute is directed by Katie Crowder ('88, '95 M.A.), senior lecturer in the department.