Jade came to ELT from a background in theatre arts and now works in the UK and Germany as an English language teacher, Business English trainer, and teacher-trainer. Jade writes an ELT blog, has been published in Voices and has recently contributed to a Routledge publication on Reflective Practice in ELT.
‘…unless the stuff of the senses remains present, the mind has nothing to think with.’
(Arnheim 1969: 01)
Since I started teaching in 2012, I’ve begun to notice a disparity between the way grammar is presented in course books and the way the brain processes information, which suggests that learners could benefit from more extensive use of graphic representations of grammar patterns. My own learning experiences, my classroom practice, and the writings of other practitioners illustrate the benefit of graphic frameworks, and suggest that teachers should be encouraging learners to engage with, and even create, visual representations of information to aid learning.