Words with pictures: help or hindrance? | noreply@blogger.com (Steve Smith)

First, I’m going to assume that most of you do teach vocabulary explicitly to novices and that you often do so with pictures. There are good reasons for doing so – memorability, avoiding interference from the first language, holding pupils’ interest to name three.

When you show pictures to beginners or near-beginners on a PowerPoint or hand-held flashcard do you prefer to show the written word with the picture or not? At what point do you like pupils to see the written word? Here are a few thoughts on the issue.

Now when I began teaching I was encouraged (in the good old direct method -…

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