You are in a dark room and I ask you to write on what you see in the dark room. What will you write?
The question to ponder is what can you see in the dark? Indeed you can see nothing in the dark. Can you write about nothing? Even I will not be able to write much on something that I cannot see or perceive. So it will just be a one line answer, “I see nothing”.
Please note that you did hear me and you did understand my request. But, you were unable to write more because you could not see anything. It will take a person of great wisdom to write something about the dark. But to accept a student or any person whose knowledge about spoken English is average or below average is a tall ask.
On the other hand if you see something you will be able to say something about what you see. Maybe in English it would be difficult for some but in their local language they would be able to. We at English World have converted this into a method for teaching.
THE PICTURE-WORD METHOD:
This method is a person-centered orientation which uses pictures containing familiar objects, actions and scenes to draw out words from student’s listening and speaking vocabularies. This model helps students add words to their sight reading vocabulary, as well as their writing vocabulary, and also discover phonetic and structural principles present in those words.
The purpose is to develop students’ vocabulary, concepts about words, and sentence and paragraph structures through our content subjects of listening, reading writing and speaking.
When we show a picture of the Golden Temple to a native of Amritsar, he or she will be able to say a plenty about that picture in his local language. We encourage that and then we give them the vocabulary in English so that they can translate their words into English. We help with the compilation initially on a one to one basis. Finally we ask them to write about their visit to the Golden Temple that same morning. Following which to ask them to rewrite the same for the visit that happened yesterday and that was going to happen the next day.
So by this method not only does History, Geography and English Vocabulary get applied, but also GRAMMAR becomes practical.
The advantages of this method is:
- This method emphasizes phonics, grammar, and usage of Standard English.
- Pictures provide ready references for learning new words, phrases, and sentences.
- Because students are using pictures related to content material under study, they feel a part of the classroom community and can participate in class activities.
- New words become an immediate reference to enable students to add these words to their sight vocabulary.
- Students are assisted in seeing the patterns and relationships of the English language, enabling them to apply this learning to newly encountered words.
- Students hear and see words spelled correctly and participate in the correct spelling and writing.
- Students benefit from the modeling of the key words and concepts. With continuous practice, they can begin to learn how to create sentences and paragraphs related to the pictures shown.