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How to make a photo book for language learning



Photos can be a great help in language learning at various stages of learning. They are particularly helpful in the initial stage at providing a visual context to associate with the new words the learner is hearing and trying to remember.


You can set up a photo book to use with various language learning techniques, particularly the Look and Listen techniques. Photo books can be organized in various ways, depending on how you want to use them.

  • Use a non-permanent means of sticking the photo into the book, so that you can rearrange the photos for various purposes.
  • Think about the kinds of vocabulary, topics and/or structures you want to learn about and include them when taking your pictures or looking for pictures.
  Follow these steps to make a photo book for language learning:
  1. Decide what you want to use your photo book to learn about
  2. Take the photos, or cut out pictures from magazines, advertisements, or other picture sources.
  3. Arrange the photos in a way that fits the activity you want to do.
See also

Use of a book of photos in initial comprehension

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