ERIC Number: ED177864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Graphs as a Visual Aid in English for Special Purposes. Lenguas para objetivos especificos (Languages for Special Purposes), No. 5.
Stark, Merritt W.; Stark, Kathleen LaPiana
Visual aids have been developed to strengthen non-English speaking students' ability to speak and write English effectively in their subject areas. Among these aids, graphs have been valuable for economics students because they readily illustrate the nature of the relationship between two sets of numbers. Frequently, the ability to analyze graphs is a cultural phenomenona therefore some students may have analyzed graphs in their native language while others need an introduction to graphic interpretation. For this reason, vocabulary representing important economic concepts must be mastered before speaking and writing exercises are begun. An an example of the types of exercise that can be done with graphs, a list of economics terms and exercises are provided. The exercises contain one or two graphs, oral questions to stimulate discussion and verify understanding of the graphs, a reading exercise, a vocabulary review, and a guided writing exercise. A Spanish translation of the article is included. (AMH)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Autonomous Metropolitan Univ., Mexico City (Mexico).