Dear ESL Learners,
I have heard different stories on how you are trying to improve your English skills. I must say, you are really taking things to the next level. It is admirable how you mix it all up.
While you are at it, why don’t you throw in a little picture analysis? You might ask – why should we do it? For the advanced learners, this might feel unnecessary to do but this method is especially helpful for visual learners.
Here is a rundown of why picture analysis is an advantage in learning English.
1. Learners are pressed to think of appropriate vocabulary in describing the picture
When you are presented with a picture and is instructed to describe it, I am confident to say that you are aware of what is going on in the picture and that you know what you want to express. The problem is that you do not know how to convey it in properly structured sentences.
In this case, it is good to note all of the vocabulary or expressions that you can think of to describe the picture. If your vocabulary is limited, go ahead and translate from your native language to English. Again, just note all the words down. Learn the definition of the words you have gathered. You do not have to memorize all of the words in one day. Just make sure that you understand them and its usage. When you have done so, go back to the basic sentence patterns.
2. Looking at the picture, learners can organize their thoughts well in the order of how they want to describe the picture
Because you can easily identify what is going on in the picture, you already know exactly how you want to describe it. However, not everybody organizes his or her thoughts well.
Remember this – go for the biggest to the smallest of details.
Say something or describe the most noticeable thing that you can find in the picture. It may be the location, the time of the day, weather, number of people, etc. Just state the obvious. From there, you can go ahead and describe what the people are doing, what is happening, objects found in the picture, etc. Afterwards, you can now move to the mood of the people.
3. Learners go beyond what is shown in the picture
Since you are focused on describing the picture, it is possible that you will go beyond what is shown in the picture. What do I mean by that? It means you can make your own assumptions or make up stories on what could happen next, what the person is thinking about, and so on. This will test how creative you are or how you see things.
One can use many methods in learning English. However, it is exciting to think that we do not only rely on reading materials. As mentioned earlier, some are visual learners. Maybe, some can derive ideas from images they see in front of them.
So, give it a try. See if it works for you. Let us know more about your experiences.