Stick People Faces Downloadable
What, me lecture?!? Most teachers would not say that they use lecture as a tool to teach in their classrooms. That's what professors and politicians do standing behind a podium and talking at an audience... But if you reflect carefully and ask, "How many times a day do I explain something or give directions to the class without visuals to support what I am saying?" you may see some places where adding a visual or two would really help your students understand what you say!
Research shows that presenting visual information along with your speech has many advantages for listening comprehension (Suvorov, 2011). What is an easy solution? The ubiquitous stick person. Get good at drawing the stick person as you speak. This will help your students, especially your language learners, know what you are trying to convey.
You do not have to be an artist to draw stick people with expressions and simple props. Download the Emotional Faces resource and post it by your whiteboard for easy reference. Be brave: start drawing stick people to explain at the moments you must lecture and your students will thank you with increased comprehension!
Reference: Suvorov, R. (2011). The effects if context visuals on L2 listening comprehension. Cambridge ESOL: Research Notes. Issue 45: 2-8. University of Cambridge: Cambridge, U.K.
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