In my previous post I spoke about kinaesthetic learners and what we do at Oxford English Academy to help them master the English language. In this post I will look at how visual learners learn English and what types of activities we do in class to engage with them in a meaningful way.
As the name suggests, visual learners learn best by seeing something, in front of them and in their mind’s eye. This means that they can be very creative because of a rich imagination, which lends itself to some fun classroom activities, enjoyed by all types of learners. Below are some activities best suited to visual learners.
With more and more technology being used in the classroom, video can easily be utilised to create engaging visual lessons. There are many fantastic channels on YouTube for teachers and students, as well as movies, television series and music videos. In addition by videotaping students in a presentation or while acting in a play for example, video can also be used in a very personal way. At Oxford English Academy we make sure to spice up classes with some video.
All students enjoy playing games and visual learners can benefit greatly from games like Pictionary. This is a game where players must guess a word from a drawing. Visual learners are likely to remember a word that they have seen drawn, especially of they’ve drawn the picture themselves.
The use of the whiteboard is very important in an English classroom, especially for visual learners. Teachers at Oxford English Academy are encouraged to write vocabulary and grammar points on the board, using lots of different colours. Another fun activity that we use is the creation of posters. Once again, visual learners benefit greatly from this, as they are able to engage with language in a visual and therefore significant way that appeals to them.
By being aware of the different learning styles of our students, we are able to deliver world-class English tuition. Our main aim is to ensure that each and every student has the best English learning experience possible when they learn English at any of our schools. That’s the Oxford English Academy promise.