Miles Iton

Founder and Program Director at Lo-Fi Language Learning

Miles Iton is an interdisciplinary educator and multimedia artist from Miami, Florida. After receiving his MA in Creative Industries Design from Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University thanks to the Fulbright program, he parlayed his thesis project into the hip-hop EFL teaching startup Lo-Fi Language Learning. His work in the industry stretches from DJing and hosting live shows (when COVID permits) to producing ethereal concept albums, award winning indie shorts and festival quality music videos.

As Irie Givens, his international recordings can be found on most streaming platforms. Outside of music and film production, he currently contracts clients as a digital marketing specialist.

* Schedule: Miles will be presenting a breakout session with Donovan Brown titled “LoFi Language Learning: The Dopest Descriptivist Approach“. Date and time TBA.

Breakout Session Description: Hip-hop is one the top 5 growing music genres globally. Not only does it have a rich origin but wherever hip-hop spreads it incorporates a part of that region’s culture and identity. This malleability of hip-hop allows for people across the world to form their own personal connection to the genre of music. Hip-hop is more than an art form. Hip-hop more than entertainment. Our presentation will show how hip-hop can be used effectively as a tool to teach english to nonnative speakers. We will break down 5 pillars of hip-hop and how each pillar correlates with a strong foundation for teaching and learning english as a foreign language. The LoFi Language Learning approach to EFL provides an immersive and interactive experience for our learners while growing their confidence and capacity in the language. 

5 Pillars of Hip-Hop 

* As it relates to teaching English as a foreign language. 

  1. Movement: Language of The Body 
  2. Vision: Global English(es) and The End of Postcolonial Descriptivism
  3. Sound Rhythm and Mnemonics 
  4. Speak: Culturally Competent Classrooms
  5. Knowledge: Mental Self is Educational Wealth!