Infographics Use in Teaching Foreign Languages for Specific Purposes

Author(s): Veronika Pisarenko, Maxim Bondarev.

Journal Name: Recent Patents on Computer Science

Volume 9 , Issue 2 , 2016

Abstract:

Background: The paper is devoted to the problem of modernization of teaching foreign languages in high school. The existing education system, its structure, the maintenance, and current methods, also described in various patents, do not correspond to an increase in the information stream that demands search of new approaches to a solution of a problem for increase in efficiency of educational technologies. Education system modernization in the modern concept includes the following components: development of new educational technologies; creation of experimental educational institutions; studying and wide introduction of experience of separate experts - the researchers who have received significant results in the decision of this problem. The realization of the innovative educational visualization-based technologies increases learning efficiency.

Methods: The main goal of visualization-based technologies is the formation of the students’ professional foreign language competence necessary for their future development as specialists in their field and allowing their personality to be developed in the training process. Visualization as a system of icons and symbols promotes deeper understanding of professionally focused foreign language text. It provides a convenient perception by means of sight. It represents a natural and effective method of training a foreign language for specific purposes. Infographics is an alternative way of the information representation, combining the illustrations presented by drawings and verbally-logic fullness of the text.

Results: The application of the infographics-based educational technologies results in quantitative increase of factor of mastering; it is expressed in qualitative increase of the level the students’ foreign language communicative competence. The general index of students’ satisfaction with a technique of foreign languages teaching tends to increase during all the period of studies in experimental group; it means that the education technologies based on infographics are more interesting and more useful for students.

Conclusion: Visualization-based technologies applied in education process are effective. They have potential to develop not only students’ foreign language communicative competence but their imagination, memory, mental abilities and critical competence. Inforgaphics allow using all channels of information perception effectively and provide faster analysis and storing of the new educational information, production, and substantial conclusions as the trainee is given not only the text, images, figures, schedules, but also the balanced visual set. New personality-focused paradigm considers visualization not only as a teaching method but also as a means of development of students’ personality. Application of infographics elements in ESP training course guarantees an active acquisition of knowledge by the trainee, analysis of a studied material, intellectual activity stimulation. Visual information allows to transfer a great volume of the information about difficult structures quickly and to involve directly cognitive mechanisms lying more deeply than analytical and language layers.

Keywords: Infographics, electronic educational resources, English for specific purposes, foreign languages, higher education, language training, visualization, communicative competence, forms of representing information.

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Article Details

VOLUME: 9
ISSUE: 2
Year: 2016
Page: [124 - 132]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/2213275908666151006000223
Price: $58

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