In yesterday’s jewellery making activity, students learnt how to make an adjustable cowrie shell bracelet. They could also design their own jewellery using the different threads, beads and trinkets provided.
The cute cowrie shell bracelet may look complicated, but it is a relatively simple process once you learn the technique. Our seasoned jewellery makers helped out our new jewelers so there was lots of collaboration and lively discussions throughout the activity. Time flew by as we all enjoyed making and conversing.
Jewellery making can be a helpful tool for English language learners for several reasons.
- Vocabulary building: Jewellery making involves a lot of specific vocabulary related to tools, materials, techniques, and design elements. By practicing jewellery making, English language learners can expand their vocabulary in a fun and interactive way.
- Listening and speaking practice: Jewellery making often involves working in a group or with a teacher or instructor. This provides English language learners with opportunities to practice listening and speaking in a real-world context.
- Reading and writing practice: Jewellery making instructions and tutorials are often written in English, providing English language learners with opportunities to practice reading and writing in a practical and engaging way.
- Cultural awareness: Jewellery making is a global practice that involves a wide range of materials, techniques, and designs from different cultures. By learning about different jewellery-making traditions and styles, English language learners can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of different cultures and improve their cross-cultural communication skills.
What are cowrie shells?
Cowrie shells come from the cowrie family of sea snails, which are found in warm, shallow waters around the world. Cowrie shells have been used for centuries as currency, jewellery, and adornments, and they are often considered a symbol of wealth, prosperity, and good luck in many cultures.
Cowrie shells are prized for their beautiful patterns and colours, which can range from white to brown to yellow to pink. They are also durable and have a long history of cultural significance, making them a popular choice for jewellery-making, home decor, and crafts. In addition to their decorative uses, cowrie shells have also been used in traditional medicine and for spiritual and religious purposes in some cultures.
Overall, jewellery making can be a fun and creative way for English language learners to practice and improve their language skills while also exploring their artistic talents and interests.
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