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Good Elluminate meeting last night

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Edited by Patrick Andrews, Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011, 10:30

We had an Elluminate meeting last night to debrief on the L185 course.  From a technical point of view, it was the first flawless Elluminate I have experienced.  I have further meetings today and on Sunday.

I thought the content of the meeting was useful.  As is often the case, there was quite a variety of views on the usefulness of metalanguage for language teaching.  I tend to be someone who feels that metalanguage should be very limited but some colleagues did not agree.

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I'm Brigitte from Fels Pilot L185... In fact I have studied 185 last year but had to stop because of health problems. Would you be able to explain why there isn't arts content in the EAP course... I've learn that the level of leptin has been able to influence the life of hunters-gatherers, of course...
I also study Leroi-Gourhan's 'Gesture and Speech' and bipedality etc. in order to better approach aesthetics, but... I would have expected some other contents about philosophy, for example and among others.

I don't know yet if I want to conclude L185 course next year or perhaps switch to something about music. It's a pity because I think the general pedagogy and methodology of the course is outstanding. 
Yes, I know, I have to ask for the OU for advice but I wanted to write this post! I think we don't speak a lot about such problematics on the forums, I don't know why. 
Best wishes Brigitte


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Thanks for your question, Brigitte.

I was involved in the writing of the course and wrote a lot of Block 4 on argument.  In an early draft, the fourth session did include an example of writing about haikus but it got lost for reasons of space.

I also wrote some of the Learnosity material and we tried to stick to the topics of L185 so there is no arts material there. 

I think you make an excellent point and arts students are slightly neglected.