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The Use of Pictures and Illustrations in Teaching English

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  • Visuals
  • Pictures
  • Illustrations
  • Engage Students
  • Learn Better
  • Prediction
  • Creativity
  • Imaginativeness
  • Holistic Language Learning
  • Communication


This article reconsiders the function of pictures and illustrations and examines their usefulness in language learning. Nowadays, colourful pictures and illustrations are very commonly used in English textbooks. They are instantaneously appealing to learners and have the power to engage students in their learning. Thus engaged, learners have a better chance of improving their English. Pictures and illustrations can be used in multiple ways. They can be used in preliminary activities before reading English passages. By using them, learners can predict what they will be reading. These predictions can be done individually and silently, or can be done in the form of discussion in pairs and small groups. In their discussion learners can be as creative and imaginative as they wish to be. Thus reading can become a more holistic activity when used in combination with more directly communicative aspects of language learning such as speaking and listening.

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