The museum as a language partner

Language-sensitive teaching

 

Communication is not just about language, but language is a vital communication tool when it comes to teaching science and research. Language is what stands between the museum and its visitors – it can connect, but it can also divide. We want to find the right language for as many of our visitors as possible, to enter into a conversation with you through many different “languages” – be it on guided tours and in workshops, via texts in exhibitions or with interactive stations in the exhibition halls and on Deck 50, our dedicated space for teaching and learning.
In recent years we have made language-sensitive outreach a key part of all our teaching and learning activities at the NHM Vienna. Since 2018 we have been expanding our language-sensitive activities, adapting existing programs and developing new processes and materials.
It is important for us to make the members of our team aware of just how important a conscious use of language is. We hold regular workshops where basic tools are presented. Staff training at the NHM Vienna includes specific exercises to increase confidence of educators in situations where they must communicate with groups of children and young people with different levels of language skills. The training workshops also cover reflecting on one's own use of language and language patterns, as well as non-verbal communication. Another focus is on suggestions and instructions for language-centered learning and teaching activities.

Poetry at the NHM Vienna

 

Aber auch für Sprachliebhaber hält das NHM Wien Besonderes bereit: Lyrische Texte oder Märchen, die speziell für ausgewählte Stücke in der Schausammlung oder zu Sonderausstellungen verfasst wurden, bieten Literaturliebhaber*innen und Sprachkenner*innen einen außergewöhnlichen Zugang zu den Objekten. Der sprachliche Flirt mit kulturhistorischen Kostbarkeiten wird zum Schlüssel für genaueres Hinsehen und für alternative Sichtweisen, zum Anstoß für nicht-alltägliche Fragen und unerwartete Diskussionen. Dabei spannt sich ein dichtes Gewebe aus Worten und Wissen zwischen den Objekten, beispielsweise zwischen der berühmten Venus von Willendorf und der Venus vom Galgenberg, erzählt von möglichen Frauenschicksalen und hinterfragt unsere Vorstellungen von kulturellen Werten und Ritualen einer Jahrtausende zurückliegenden Vergangenheit.
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