Tuesday, August 02, 2011

About ESL: Visual Learning

Hello all. It's been very quiet here. No excuses please ~ the analytics on my Blogger dashboard tell the story. Sadamu is the only member I've heard from: I owe him an email and hope he will let me share his message with you. I haven't been active here but have been posting mini-lessons and learning resources to the StudyCom Help Board that you can visit. You can also post grammar and usage questions there. 

Today's ESL resources from About ESL focus on visual learning. If you haven't already subscribed to the newsletter for your learning portfolio, don't put it off any longer: subscribe now! If you are a visual learner or interested in visual learning, take a look at Digital Delights for Learners too. If you don't know what kind of learner you are, find out before planning or starting your self-paced English learning program.

From Kenneth Beare's About.com newsletter, your Guide to ESL
This week's newsletter provides a number of visual aids such as dictionaries, and tense charts to help with learning. The visual tense charts provide a picture for each tense to help with understanding, and a tense timeline shows all the tenses on one page. The visual dictionaries provide context for each picture with plenty of related vocabulary. There's also visual help with prepositions and finally a sheet on separable and inseparable verbs.

Visual Tense Charts 
Visual clues can really help learners understand tense usage. This resource provides a visual tense chart for each of the major uses of the 14 tenses in English... Read more

For more advanced learners, this tense timeline chart shows all the tenses on one page moving from past to future and can be a good way to review tenses by contrasting and comparing usage.

Visual Dictionaries 

Visual dictionaries help by providing pictures of what is defined and discussed. These visual dictionaries go beyond just providing the name of the objects in each picture by providing context and relevant vocabulary to surround each picture.

Visual Clues for Prepositions 
Prepositions lend themselves to visual clues to understand the relationship between objects. Here is a beginner's guide to prepositions using pictures pointing out differences between 'near' and 'next to', 'on' and 'in' and more. For more advanced learners, check out the prepositions of place and movement page for visual clues.

Separable and Inseparable Phrasal Verbs 
What did Tom do with his bonus? - He put it away. The previous sentence is an example of a separable phrasal verb. Separable phrasal verbs must separate when... Read more

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