“Teach English. If necessary, use words.”

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All too often, visual aids are employed in the EFL classroom because they’re there, and not necessarily because they’re needed. Knowing if, when and how to use visual aids in the EFL classroom, and precisely what visual aids to use, can have a big impact of the effectiveness of a lesson.

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All too often, visual aids are employed in the EFL classroom because they’re there, and not necessarily because they’re needed. Knowing if, when and how to use visual aids in the EFL classroom, and precisely what visual aids to use, can have a big impact of the effectiveness of a lesson.

In this seminar we’ll examine the purpose of visual aids within an EFL setting, discuss their usefulness, look at some visual aids you might not have thought of using in the past, and at how modern technology is shaping the visual aids of the future.

When it comes to thinking of new ideas for visual aids, there’s nothing better than an EFL staffroom (or the “ideas factory”, as I call it!) So, we’ll also make some time to have a go at creating your own visual aids based on a set of circumstances – the purpose being not only to use the advice you will receive during the seminar, but also to share your hints and tips with other delegates and learn something from them too!

  • Tim Silk

    I was brought up in Stratford-on-Avon and currently live in Malvern, Worcestershire, having lived in Devon, Spain and Cheshire in the meantime! These days I work mostly as a supply EFL teacher for various schools in the local area as well as for the University of Worcester, where I also lead TEFL Taster Days and teach beginner’s Spanish.
    While living in Cheshire I worked for the Elim Church’s Training Department, teaching in and latterly managing their English Language School. Throughout the 10 years I worked there it was my privilege to witness many of our students (all from overseas) not only learning English but also entering into personal relationships with Jesus. Not surprisingly, God gave me a heart and a vision for seeing people from all over the world come to know Him. My passion now lies in mobilising the Church to get out of its box and connect with its neighbours, both locally and internationally.
    My free time, when I have it, is spent mostly with my dogs and I also love cycling, going for a drive (and washing the car afterwards!).
    In my experience, I feel that we could quite simply just get to know our neighbours to enlarge cross-cultural outreach but in doing so, not do anything we wouldn’t normally do. For example, if you usually have coffee on a Tuesday morning, why not invite your coffee-drinking neighbours to join you. But if you don’t like coffee, don’t have a coffee morning! We all have our own likes and hobbies, and we can use all of them to build bridges and relationships between ourselves and the community around us.