I have recently discovered how infographics have become a very useful tool in education and how learners seem to like them a lot. The old saying "An image is worth a thousand words", which was first coined more than one hundred years ago, is still valid today and can be used in the English classroom.
Most of the ELT infographs I've seen all over the Internet deal with vocabulary and I've found out they are particularly helpful with phrasal verbs and idioms; the images associated to them makes it easier to remember the content.To get acquainted with this I have created my own infographic design about the process of learning a language. The different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference state the tasks users are able to perform and understand whne they have reached that level, aprocess which seems fast and easy at first, but that gets more complicated and slow as you advance to higher levels.
|The road to being proficient in a language is long and winding.|
I have created this one using the online tool found at www.easel.ly which allows you to use one of their templates or start your own infographic from scratch. The site is very user-friendly and although the image bank that comes with it is very limited, you may upload images from your computer to create your own bank. Afterwards you can download a high quality copy of your infographic.
Thanks to innovative ideas like this one, we can find new ways to engage and motivate our students with activities and resources other than just textbook and more textbook.
What's next? what about asking students to do a project on a presentation creating their own infographics?