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Tool of the Month - July 2011

Infographics

What it does:

‘Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex informa-tion quickly and clearly, such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writ-ing, and education.’ [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_graphics ]

In language learning we are familiar with picture/visual dictionaries, time-lines, mindmaps, graphs, etc to understand how words and structures work through visualisation. Infographics can be used in posters to convert an entire ‘text’ into colourful and interesting visuals that are nice to see and much easier to understand. Infographics offer lots of potential for the language classroom.

Classroom uses:

    1. Use infographic posters as another genre of ‘text’ in reading compre-hension tasks: questions, true or false, word hunt, etc.
    2. Use infographics in a writing task: ask students to write a summary of the information in the infographic poster.
    3. Have students develop their own infographic posters on topics of their interest, or to present results of research on a topic.
    4. Get students to create an infographic of their resume/CV - see some great examples here.

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