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Non-Verbal Representation

Using visual and auditory inputs other than written or spoken words


When supporting students who are learning English (EL), it is important to use visual and auditory supports, in addition to written and spoken words, to convey meaning and build conceptual understanding and vocabulary. By offering various ways to understand directions, topics, and vocabulary you are enabling ELs access to the content through scaffolded supports that both increase engagement and mastery.

Examples of non-verbal representation are:

  • Pictures
  • Videos
  • Interactive on-line experiments
  • Manipulatives
  • Cartoons
  • Diagrams
  • Maps

NOTE: These artifacts and supports can be produced by both teachers and students to add additional context and engagement.