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Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking

Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking (V/V) is a programme designed to instruct and improve reading comprehension, oral language comprehension and expression, written language expression, and critical thinking skills in individuals of all ages through the development of concept imagery.

V/V relies on teacher directed questions to assist students in forming images. Twelve structure words (e.g., what, size, color, shape, etc.), are used to provide a framework from which to create images and also elicit language to discuss what was imaged. Initially the teacher shows the student a simple line drawing and elicits a description of the drawing in the context of the twelve structure words.

The teacher confirms what the student says at each point and models the imaging process by replaying the complete image the student’s words evoke in the mind.

V/Vwas created by Nanci Bell of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.

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