Here’s an AWESOME article by Larry Ferlazzo about using pictures with English language learners. This is guaranteed to change the way you teach! Indeed a picture is worth a thousand words! Here are some highlights from Larry’s post.
A recent study has found that the most memorable photos have a little “strangeness” about them, and include people and a sense of movement. Those attributes might be helpful to keep in mind when choosing a photo.
Students can create “thought bubbles” for characters in photos. What might the people in this picture be thinking, or what about this dog? Bubblr and ImgOps are super-easy tools for students to create these kinds of “bubbles” with online photos.
In picture dictation, the teacher can pick an image and, without showing it to the class, describe it while students draw. It can also be a partner activity where half of the class is given one picture and the other half a different one.
Using images to prompt writing is a key strategy we use with our English-Language Learners. Pictures are immediately engaging and often less daunting for students than texts.
Be sure to check out Larry’s article in full. It’s awesome!