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  • 1. VISUALS: HOW MUCH, HOW OFTEN, WHICH ONES AND WHAT FOR? Ecaterina Albu, MA, senior lecturer, MSU
  • 2. Visual aids/Visuals ◦ an instructional device (as a chart, map, or model) that appeals chiefly to vision ◦ something you look at (such as a chart or film) that is used to make something easier to understand ◦ devices, such as films, slides, models, and blackboards, that display in visual form material to be understood or remembered
  • 3. DO YOU USE THEM? HOW OFTEN?
  • 4. Q1: How much do you draw/write in class? You draw/write when you teach: Speaking Listening Reading Writing Grammar Vocabulary Pronunciation …when you do anything else?
  • 5. Q2: Do you think visuals are most efficient when teaching… Speaking Listening Reading Writing Grammar Vocabulary Pronunciation …anything else?
  • 6. 3) You prefer using… Coloured markers on whiteboard Coloured chalk on blackboard Coloured felt-tips/pencils Posters Print-outs Cut-outs Flashcards Real objects Else? Which ones with which grade?
  • 7. VISUALS: WHY AND HOW TO START?
  • 8. Why use visuals often? ◦Personal approach ◦Highly motivational ◦Enthusiastic response ◦Inexpensive (if you make them) ◦Reusable (cards, posters, charts)
  • 9. WHICH ONES? WHERE TO GET THEM?
  • 10. Make them ◦ Blackboard and coloured chalk ◦ Coloured markers on flipchart/A1 ◦ Posters and post-it notes ◦ Cut out from magazines and printed adverts Find them Let’s Google it! ◦ Printables ◦ Worksheets ◦ Teacher handouts ◦ Materials ◦ Visual organizers
  • 11. Where to search and find? ◦ http://en.islcollective.com – registration required (free) ◦ www.teacherspayteachers.com – registration required (free) ◦ www.eslflow.com/Picturelessonsandteachingideas.html ◦ www.eslprintables.com ◦ www.pinterest.com – keywords: ESL printables
  • 12. Graphic organizers
  • 13. Graphic organizers – why? Common language classroom functions Common designs ◦ Describing ◦ Describing wheel ◦ Comparing/contrasting ◦ Classifying ◦ Sequencing ◦ Cause/effect ◦ Decision making ◦ Cluster/word web ◦ Fact and opinion ◦ Five W’s chart ◦ Sequence chart ◦ Spider map ◦ Tree chart ◦ Venn diagram
  • 14. Making flashcards ◦ Should be large enough ◦ Pictures should be clear ◦ Should be reusable – laminate!
  • 15. Post-it Notes Sample post-it note reading activity: http://busyteacher.org/12229reading-lesson-9-fun-post-itactivities.html
  • 16. Motivation, directions, help (1)
  • 17. Motivation, directions, help (2)
  • 18. AND THEN… VISUALS FOR OURSELVES
  • 19. PERSONAL EXAMPLES
  • 20. I use + I do… ◦Coloured chalk ◦Markers and felt-tips on cards ◦Draw graphs, charts and mindmaps ◦Ask students to make posters on class topics (not just abstract wallpapers)
  • 21. Using the board – how to organize? ◦ Always available, no special preparation ◦ Charts and tables rule! ◦ Write clearly and legibly ◦ Don’t hide the board ◦ Talk as you write ◦ Space out, don’t clutter
  • 22. ENJOY VISUALS EVERY DAY!

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