Visualising and Verbalising: Opening up a World of Understanding

Joanne Manning
Experience how Visualising and Verbalising  can enhance student comprehension in all subject areas.
Target Audience
Classroom teachers, remedial support teachers
12 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Visualising and Verbalising is an essential aspect of understanding and comprehending the world. Many students struggle with these skills and face many challenges when reading, comprehending, following instructions and understanding the intentions of others. This course will provide teachers with skills to work closely with students to develop these skills. We will work on words, sentences, paragraphs, main idea comprehension and inferencing that will equip teachers with classroom strategies to help their struggling readers. A range of fiction, non-fiction and visual texts will be used to model classroom practice. Teachers will become aware of the language to use when assisting such students with visualising words, sentences and paragraphs. We will take the opportunity to develop classroom lesson plans adaptable for any classroom.


Classroom teachers, remedial support teachers

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Working with words

1 hour

An opening explanation of the research behind visualising and verbalising. Working with the word and detailed description.

Working with sentences

1 hour and 30 minutes

Visualising and verbalising at the sentence level. Dividing sentences and developing student awareness of the visual elements of sentences.

Working with paragraphs and concepts

1 hour and 30 minutes

Visualising and verbalising at the paragraph level. Working on whole paragraph comprehension. Visualising words, sentences and collections of sentences in quick succession to make meaning of the world.

Developing classroom resources

1 hour

Teacher tools. Practising with texts and creating lesson plans adaptable for classroom use. This includes working with fiction and non-fiction.

What To Bring

Pen, paper

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Latest Reviews

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Great strategies. Easy to use.


I can use Everything I learnt today =) I found it very practical & informative.


Great grounding for vocab ideas.


Very interesting and helpful.


May not be very useful to the students I teach but it provided training to enhance my report. Writing skill which is essential in doing comprehensive, accurate reports.


Very calm and easy to follow!

by Mary Verykios on 19/09/2012

Really enjoyed this course / day because of the hands on activities. The many ideas I can actually work with depending on the students I teach, how and higher level teachers


Very hands on which helps to consolidate knowledge, was not rushed and easy to follow pace


Very hands on. Lots of resources, clear and well presented


Brilliant, practical, useful, informative and well presented

by Natalie Smith on 19/09/2012

Joanne very knowledgeable, great resources and practical strategies. Great small group and hands on activities

by Tim Wyatt on 19/09/2012

Well presented with plenty of activities to buck up the oral info. This helped to ‘visualise’ the implementation of course in class

About the team

Joanne Manning


Joanne Manning is an experienced educator working in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and English for over 20 years. Passionate about motivating students to develop a love for the English literature and language, Joanne has sought to integrate a number of research-based pedagogical methods into classroom practice. The integration of Strategies-based practices has informed her teaching of reading and creative writing. Joanne has pursued further studies in English teaching through Columbia University Teachers' College, studying a number of models of thinking. Joanne has presented on a range of topics regarding English, Differentiation, Learning Enhancement, Creative Writing and Teaching and Learning areas across all sectors of education. She holds a PhD in English literature.