Types Of Books

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Gif Lingua Books is designed to offer the best extensive reading material possible – for all levels. Just select the level and start learning!

The books are designed to facilitate learning through repetition, thematic approach and patterning.  Here are the types or styles of books with examples that you’ll find in our book library. Use these examples as templates to make / write your own books for your own students.

  1. Alphabet books.  Take any letter and review vocabulary. List verbs that begin, end or have particular spelling/sound patterns.
  2. Repetitive books.  These are common kids books for L1 learners. However, L2 learners really benefit from the recycling and clear focus on vocabulary these books provide.
  3. Collocations.  Students learn best when we focus lexically on full expressions. Students see the patterns on how we use certain main verbs as expressions.
  4. Vocabulary.  Books focused on traditional sets of vocabulary. However, the difference is that with Gif Lingua, the vocab. items are presented with real language and not just a simple word. Students learn the vocabulary item in content. See this one about types of tools.
  5. Theme.  Just search for images based on a theme and add language to the book pages.  Students get into them and enjoy the topic while learning language.  Can be movies, music, sharp things, colorful things, celebrities, animation etc ….
  6. Stories.  Narrative is a very powerful way to write a book and learn language. The story adds context and its easy for students to understand the language.
  7. Quizzes/Presentations. Just turn off the text and quiz students, ask them for the answers! Or duplicate each page when making a book and on the second page, put the answer (click the green + arrow when adding text to a page).  It makes a book into a game. Download the ppt and play offline too!
  8. Prompts.  Perfect for prompting student language output – speaking or writing. Also as conversation generators. Just make a book with some questions and you are set to go.
  9. Current Events. We provide weekly a presentation of the week’s news in Gif. But you can easily make books on any current event topic. When we go out of beta, students will be able to be invited by teachers and write books as projects – current events would be a great theme.

What other types of books can be made?  I think the list can be as long as the creativity of the teacher. Gif Lingua Books makes it easy to realize that creativity while harnessing the power of gifs as language learning objects!

Reading with Gifs will assure that students don’t feel like this!


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