Using Images, Gifs, Emojis, and Videos for Productive Practice

Session 5: 8:30–10:00 AM, Zoom Room 10


Research shows that by purposefully selecting and using visual elements in instruction, teachers can engage students while also teaching visual literacy (Daniels, 2018).There are numerous benefits of using visuals: to spark students’ interest, engage and motivate students in course content, hold students’ concentration, increase participation, and help students retain what they have learned (Patesan, M., Balagiu, A., Alibec, C., 2018; Halwani. 2017). The presenters will demonstrate how online images, GIFs, and videos can be incorporated effectively in lesson plans to have students produce orally and in writing the verb tenses, parts of speech, and other grammar structures they are learning in communicative activities. Use of multimedia is an effective way to prompt students’ English language development in the productive skills of speaking and writing, for building both fluency and accuracy. In this presentation, attendees will be provided an online resource that lists numerous types of activities from beginning ESL through advanced levels with samples that can be used for small-group collaboration or individual production practice with or without modification.


Chris Vela Che

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Katrina Tamura

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Kristi Reyes

MiraCosta College Continuing Ed

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Blended Learning
  • Distance Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Online Engagement and Assessment