1. ULUSLARARASI DİL VE UYGULAMALI DİLBİLİM ÇALIŞMALARI KONFERANSI (ICOLALS 2022), Ankara, Turkey, 21 - 22 October 2022, pp.122
Using Museums as a Tool for Language Teaching
Museums have settings that can provide cultural contexts necessary for language input as well as
objects and concepts to lead learners to production in the language they are learning. Being an
important part of daily community life, museums are both real and virtual places where informal
learning can happen through different ways of communication, as well as spaces where students with
different styles of learning can feel more comfortable. Most importantly, learning activities in
museum settings can offer brand-new and inventive opportunities for a language teacher to create
lessons and practice material for multiple purposes, even without making students feel they are in a
learning process. In this study, the ways museum education can be utilized for language learning will
be discussed in the context of adult learners. What museums can offer to language learners will also
be analyzed so that hands-on learning and real-life situations can be simulated more effectively.
Finally, some models of museum education activities at different levels will be suggested and
explained. The aim of this study is to bring a unique perspective for the instructors about museums
as potential useful tools for language teaching, as well as to make the most of museum spaces as
alternatives to the contexts that course books or in-class materials may offer.