Enhancing Early-Stage Adult Maltese Language Learning: Unleashing the Potential of Visual Culture

Abstract

Language learning, especially in its early stages, has been associated with right-brain practices. However, the utilization of visual culture to enhance these practices and promote language knowledge retention remains underexplored. This study investigates the role of right-brain processes through visual culture in early-phase language learning, with a specific focus on teaching Maltese as a second language (ML2) to adult learners. Employing a qualitative research methodology, a focus group of twenty-seven teachers was engaged to explore diverse visual culture practices applied in language classes. Thematic analysis in NVivo was employed to analyze the data collection. The study reveals a range of visual culture practices, such as drawing, sketching, matching games, orthographic mapping, the memory palace approach, wordless picture books, picture-based learning methods, infographics, the Face Memory Game, Spot the Difference, Word Search Puzzles, the Hidden Object Game, videos, the Shadow Matching, Find the Differences, and colour-coding methods, which are used with Primary, Middle, and Secondary school students. These practices offer promising opportunities for ML2 classes that could be used with adult learners, presenting valuable recommendations for incorporating specific visual culture techniques to facilitate language learning and elevate essential language skills and competencies. By unlocking the potential of visual culture, educators can enrich the early-stage ML2 learning experience and empower adult learners to achieve greater proficiency in the Maltese language.



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Jacqueline Żammit, University of Malta, Malta

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Conference: ACEID2024
Stream: Challenging & Preserving: Culture

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To cite this article:
Żammit J. (2024) Enhancing Early-Stage Adult Maltese Language Learning: Unleashing the Potential of Visual Culture ISSN: 2189-101X – The Asian Conference on Education & International Development 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.4
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-101X.2024.4


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