Book review: ELI Vocabulary in Pictures

This week I received a huge box of resources from ELI Publishing. The first book that caught my eye was ELI Vocabulary in Pictures, which looks like a useful and good value resource.

Vocabulary in Pictures (VIP) is a picture book aimed at A1-A2 level young learners. It introduces more than 1000 words (nouns, verbs, adjectives and prepositions) through various thematic situations. It has a digital component, which includes audio recordings for each word plus some interactive activities for learners.

The illustrations in VIP are based on themes (‘In the bedroom’, ‘At breakfast’, ‘In my rucksack’, etc). They use the same characters, members of ‘The Taylor family’, in each scene. Illustrations are colourful and engaging – one of our teachers did comment however that they feel learners make better associations when real-life images are used. That sounds like a fair point, but personally I like the illustrations used – I feel the scenes have plenty for the learners to engage with and I like the use of recurring characters for familiarity.

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