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Not sure how to explain it? Infographic it!

Say the word ‘infographic’ and not everyone will know what you’re referring to; but say the words ‘London Tube map’ and most people would immediately visualise (a less-detailed version of) the following:

 

 

As probably one of the most well-known infographics in the world, this provides an excellent demonstration of the potential power a well-designed infographic can muster. Transferred into the language training classroom, the importance and impact of the infographic remains highly relevant; especially as it’s estimated that the majority of people (around 65%) are visual learners, who are naturally more attracted and engaged by image, over text. In the true spirit of infographics, we’ve created one to represent just a few of the compelling reasons language teachers and students should start integrating them into lessons and self-study today. Take a look:

 

 

To design the example above, we used www.canva.com but there are other free platforms you could try out; such as: www.piktochart.com or www.easel.ly. So, why not have a go at creating your own infographic today? If you’re a teacher you could set up a Task Based Learning lesson by following these steps:

Create an infographic, using one of the websites above, focussing on the vocabulary and grammar your students would need to work in a group and design something visual and informative. For example, in English – modal verbs ‘could’, ‘should’, making suggestions – ‘let’s + verb etc.

  1. Present the infographic to your students in the next lesson, highlighting and checking understanding of the vocabulary and grammar included by using CCQs (Concept Checking Questions)
  2. Demonstrate to your students how you made the infographic
  3. Explain the task to your students: to work together to create an infographic on a topic of their choice, whilst making sure to use the target language you introduced in your own infographic (it would be a good idea to do some pronunciation drilling at this point)
  4. Monitor the students whilst they’re doing the task and make a note of any common errors in the target language
  5. Students present their infographic to the class
  6. Conduct error correction with the notes you’ve made – write example sentences on the board and elicit corrections
  7. Set homework or self-study activities to create more infographics

 If you’re a student, why not try the following self-study activity:

  1. Select a topic you could use for an infographic (something related to your course, your job, your future plans etc.)
  2. Do some research on the topic (ideally in the target language) and make a note of the specific vocabulary, grammar and facts etc. needed
  3. Use one of the websites above to design and create an infographic
  4. Share the infographic with your teacher for feedback, make any corrections or amendments he/she suggests, offer to present to the class
  5. Go on to create a series of infographics in the same manner and keep for revision activities etc.

If you do decide to have a go at any of the above, please do get in touch to let us know how it goes!

Our teachers at Professional Language Solutions understand the importance of providing engaging, interactive and meaningful material in language training lessons. Memorable material encourages speedier language acquisition, student confidence and ultimately a better return on investment. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help with your language training needs.

 

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