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Using Visual Aids & Manipulatives in ESL

taken from: labspace.open.ac.uk

Hello guys, in this post I am going to talk about visual aids and manipulatives; what they are, and the way we can use them to help our teaching and students’ learning. Fortunately, English teachers are surrounded with all type of visuals which they can take advantage from, the key is to make a correct selection.

VISUAL MATERIALS

Visual materials are all the objects which are seen by students in order to learn. There is a great variety of visual materials.

Types of visual materials:

-yourself

-pictures

-blackboard.

-flashcards.

-real objects.

charts, etc.

Visual aids have different use, for example they can help teachers to present a topic, as a part of language practice and when reviewing language that was presented earlier.

 

MANIPULATIVES

Manipulatives are objects that can be touched or moved by students to reinforce a concept. And it is a way that students can physically interact with their learning. Manipulatives help reach students whose learning styles are often ignored, for example: kinesthetic, tactile. Manipulatives empower students to process and organize information at their own pace. Also they add novelty to the classroom and get students’ attention. And they can be used in a variey of ways such as these:

-introduce

-review.

-organize.

-process.

-recall.

 

 

 

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Three new websites for teaching and learning English that I recommend you

taken from: hilldaleworship.blogspot.com

 

 

It is amazing how technology can make easier your life; here I have three websites that I recommend you as English Teacher:

1. http://www.agendaweb.org/.It is a website where you can find hundreds of free exercises to learn English online:  grammar exercises, verbs exercises, songs, vocabulary activities, listening, reading, videos. Phonetics, movies, grammar worksheets, flashcards, dictionary, learning..

2.-http://www.engrade.com/. It is a website where you can grade students easily; first you have to sign in and then you can have free access to all its features such as: grades, attendance, automatic graded tests, wikis, debates on line, etc.

3.-http://www.yappr.com/. It is a place to Create Quizzes and Flashcards using Videos and pictures to study, learn, or teach anything and all for free.

Now, you see how technology has the big variety to choose any kind of material you need for your teaching and learning, also you can take the advantage of using authentic material for estudents to be exposed to real context. Although there are infinite amounts of this kind of sites I can recommend you these ones because I have proved them and they are really good.