I belong to this group of people who learn the most effectively by remembering images and reading written content. If I want to remember a specific word, I will learn it faster if I write it down or associate it with a specific image.
It will be much more difficult for me if I can hear them. Moreover, I can easily remember colors and I know exactly where exactly what I needed in the notebook. My notes are organized, I love to use highlighters, and different colors help me to remember more effectively. At the same time, I am easily distracted by the noise and I need absolute silence during my studies.
If your learning looks similar, then probably the senses you use most often are your eyesight. In other words, just like me, it belongs to the eyesight – the most numerous group among learning styles.
Which method of learning English works best for visualisers? Of course, one that will largely focus on the visual side. The Pictured English language course for example.
Illustrated books are not only intended for children, although children’s books are a great place to start.
Clarice Bean, That’s Me by Lauren Child is an award-winning book about Clarice Bean and her big family. The images are simple and eye-catching. The text is funny. This is a great book for beginners, but it also teaches many English idioms.
Even if you are not a master chef, the recipe books are fantastic for grammatical exercises! These include plenty of food vocabulary and great examples of how to use phrases in sentences.
Printed comics and online comic book
Topics are also quite advanced: politics, environment and abstract art are just a few topics.
For example The Abominable Charles Christopher by Karl Kerschl tells the story of the adventures. Dialogue is an excellent way to get to know conversational phrases, and illustrations are perfect.
Most people use the dictionary when searching for a word they do not know. But also search engines are great for this! If you type “girl” in Google Images, you will immediately receive countless pictures of girls, which will be associated with the word itself. Photos can also be used for fun, so you can practice speaking. If you have native English-speaking friends you can sit down together and describe your holiday photos or other people photos – no matter what you’re interested in.
Picture books for Children
Thousands of picture books for children are published every year. Children’s corners in bookshops offer a stunning selection of new illustrated by the best artists. Children have plenty of opportunities to enjoy these books. There is no reason why small children who learn English as an additional language should not also enjoy it.
Children already know stories. From a very young age they have been speaking in narrative style. They express their ideas, hopes and emotions in language, as well as in drawing and art.
Many children are already accustomed to decoding stories and information from television or film in their native language, while others have already enjoyed the interaction of sharing a picture book. Most children quickly learn how to transfer their individual decoding skills to get meaning from picture books in English.
One-to-one’ interaction, which consists in sharing picture books, gives children additional opportunities to develop at their own pace and level, knowing that they are encouraged by their parents. As children share more and more books, their self-confidence increases.
Some parents may fear that the picture books does not fit their child’s curriculum or school textbook. Picture book is an additional English language course that brings families together and helps children realize that speaking English at home is fun. Many families like to avoid the English that appears in picture books in everyday conversations in their native language. However, silence does not mean that children do not listen and learn.
Children usually understand more than they can say, and if the book experience is focused and funny, they usually want to learn a new English words at their own pace. Children are busy getting to know their world and most of them are happy to learn something new, especially if it is presented in an appealing and attractive way.