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Unit 8: Visual Literacy


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Summary

This lesson teaches students to work with a timeline graphic to show events in time order. They base the timeline on the hopes and dreams they remember from different periods of their lives. Creating timelines helps students develop visual literacy for academic charts and graphics.

Then, they play a game called ‘Wheel of Futures.’ This lets students try out different future plans and possibilities and explain why or why not they may want to do these things. The game format makes learning fun and helps students think about their plans from a new perspective. It may also help reduce stress or anxiety around talking about possible future options.

Teacher Preparation Video Transcript

This episode shows a model of teaching using a timeline and talking about plans for the future. Click on the image below to download a pdf of the transcript.

Let's Teach English Unit 8: Visual Literacy
Let's Teach English Unit 8: Visual Literacy

Women Teaching Women English Text

Click on the image below to download a pdf of the student text and teacher manual. At the end of the ten-unit course, the whole book will be available for download.​ This file contains the teacher manual and the graphics shown in the video for the timeline and the wheel of futures.

Women Teaching Women English Student Text Unit 8: Plans & Dreams
Women Teaching Women English Student Text Unit 8: Plans & Dreams

​Women Teaching Women English Listening

These audio files go with Unit 8 of Women Teaching Women English. Click on the "Direct Link" button to the right of the player to download them.

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The Let’s Teach English video series offers free online training for English language educators worldwide. It is based on the Women Teaching Women English text for adult, beginning level learners. Voice of America and the University of Oregon are partners on this project. The course includes:

  1. An introductory segment which summarizes the main topics of second language teaching and shows classroom examples of the topics.
  2. Ten 5-minute video episodes based on the units of Women Teaching Women English. Each of these episodes provides a model of communicative language teaching through simulated language classroom interaction.
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