It was a hot, humid day in early August with temperatures nearing 90 degrees Fahrenheit. However, this did not dampen the morale of the non-intensive ESL students who turned out in great numbers at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
From Byzantine altarpieces to pop art, the paintings in the gallery reflect many nationalities, cultures, and visions from artists around the world. Also in the collection are sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, and other works of art.
Students roamed the halls and corridors of the museum, taking notes and answering questions in their booklets. Katherine, an au pair from Brazil, said, “We love having these tours with the university every Saturday. We answer these questions to get education credits which we can use later. We learn so much and really get into the details of each piece of work.”
Saturday museum trips are hosted by the School of Language Studies (SLS). Like Katherine, many au pairs take advantage of the Saturday classes offered by VIU as a way to gain credit for their required CEUs. Each week, students spend the day at a different museum and participate in interactive, themed museum tours facilitated by one of VIU’s ESL instructors. This is a fun way for them to learn English and be immersed in different cultures. The course is open to anyone and students may attend as many or as few museum visits as they prefer.
For more information on VIU’s evening ESL and Saturday museum trips, please visit the SLS website.