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How to Use Visual Cues for ESL Students

Instructor: Matthew Hamel

Matt has degrees in Journalism and Business and has taught a variety of courses at high schools and universities around the world.

When used appropriately, visual cues can be a huge benefit for ESL (English as a Second Language) students. This lesson provides teachers with advice on how to effectively use visual cues in an ESL environment.

Make it Visual

There are several benefits of using visual cues, such as a signal or gesture, with ESL (English as a Second Language) students. First of all, they can reinforce the information a student reads, writes, or hears. When students can associate information with specific visual stimuli, they are more likely to remember that information when required.

Additionally, visual stimuli can help your learners better organize information. For instance, young ESL learners can learn to associate colors with specific objects. The color red, for example, can be used to help students group common vocabulary words such as stop sign, apple, fire truck, etc.

It's also important to consider the importance of body language as a major component of communication. When students can see how you move your mouth to pronounce words or gesticulate to emphasize parts of a sentence, they can gain a better understanding of how to effectively convey information in English.

There are several types of visual cues that can be used when teaching. These cues include:

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