How Visual Aids Can Help When Teaching a Foreign Language.

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How visual aids can help when teaching a foreign language.

1 Visual aids provide a practical solution for teachers whose equipment can consist of nothing more than a few books and a classroom. They include black-boards, laptops, charts and posters, pictures, magazines, flash-cards and actual objects or ‘realia’. These teaching aids, and the ways in which they help the teacher are discussed below.

In schools throughout the world, this piece of equipment is the chief mainstay for the language teacher. It is essential that it is used properly. Teachers use the board to clarify certain points, and to test pupils understanding of a lesson. They must thoroughly consider what is written on it, as this
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all forms of nature; objects you might find in a classroom; fruits and vegetables; Asian countries; sporting activities, etc.
- You can use the flashcards as cues for substitution in dialogues, e.g. a lexical set of pictures of fruits on the board.
Teacher holds up a card and asks students: ‘Do you like bananas? Students answer and continue practicing. The teacher then elicits questions from students using the cards and invites others to respond. The dialogue can be further refined until the flashcards serve as prompts for students working alone.
If you or your students want to use flashcards repeatedly over the course of the school year then it is advisable to laminate the cards. They are a wonderful, cheap and easy resource and can be used by children of all ages.

Charts and Posters:
Charts and posters are additional ways to expose your students to print and word relationships. They can be as simple as a list of things to do, classroom rules, the daily schedule, or a diagram with labels. They can be shop-bought or classroom created. Some examples are colour words, number words, a food pyramid chart, parts of a body, things found in a supermarket, and types of letters and notes, with salutations and closings.
Since all diagrams cannot be drawn, they need to be made on charts. Different colours should be used to bring in variety, decoration and effect. Charts are very useful for presenting and practicing structures,
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