10 tips for creating an inspirational and interactive language vision board

10 tips for creating an inspirational and interactive language vision board

1. Visiting the country? Take some pictures…

They don’t have to be brilliant they just need to be meaningful to you! Don’t have any pictures check out UnSplash where you can find a wealth of great quality pictures for free.

2. Go tactile

Time to get crafty making a physical vision board from foam cardboard.  The tactile nature of cutting-out images,  gluing them onto boards enhances the emotiveness of what’s been learned.

3. Feeling technical? Go digital and add sound clips and videos

With modern technology, even with paper-based mood boards, you can still add sound or video clips! For example, QR quotes or scanning images on the phone via a translation app such as Flash Academy. I like to set my mood boards as screensavers to help motivate me.

4. Text it up a little, Oh I say!

Add your favorite quotes, sayings or names of your favorite items to the vision board, but in your target language of course!

5. Pick a theme

Pick a weekly or monthly language learning theme and create a regular vision board based on what you are learning or going to be learning!

6. Conversational trigger

Use the vision board as a conversational trigger and discuss with an online tutor or native speaker OR share on Pinterest to inspire other language learners!

7. Using all of your senses

The great thing is you not only get your creative juices flowing which is vital to language learning you also get to use different senses, heck learning French why not even add a little parfum to your board!

8.  Teaching students

Have students that are visual why not create a board for them to discuss OR set it as homework for creative visual learners. Instead of reflecting on the wordlists get them to #MoBO it!

9. It grows with you

The beauty of a mood board is the more fluent you get the more you can update the board so it grows with you…

10. Have fun!!!

The whole process of creating vision boards should be fun!!! A refreshing and more visual way to learn a language especially if motivation using a more conventional method is dropping a little.

Have you got any other ideas for creating a vision board for languages? OR maybe you would like to share your own design? Comment below or post on social media with the hashtag #LangVisBo

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Slovene, Slovenian, mood board

How to create an interactive language learning mood board

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Popular with designers, mood boards show where ideas for materials, colours, and themes come from. Mood boards can easily be adapted for visual language learning.  With the aid of technology, you can easily add sound clips and videos too.

The language mood board I created is for my Slovianian project. The images remind me of my WHY? Whilst the numbers are what I have recently studied and the colours are what I hope to study next. I like to learn how to describe the images in my target language and also translate my favorite quotes into the language too.

My mood board was created online for free with Canva, but I have also used a cork board in the past. The corkboard was covered with FlashStick cards that I could scan using the FlashAcademy App this would then link to a recording of a native speaker who would pronounce the word.

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Why create a mood board for language learning? 

  • Using a mood board will help you to visually express ‘you’re why‘ for learning a language.
  • A mood board is a very effective visual aid that can be linked to technology to add sound and video clips too! Given a full sensory experience to language learning!
  • A mood board can act as a good motivational factor to get things done. It will help you to collate and focus your ideas, and make language learning themes more stimulating.
  • Finally, the visual format can help memorize difficult vocabulary.

The format

A mood board could be in a digital or physical (foam/cardboard) format. Both options allow for video or audio clips to be added. For the physical option, this may mean printing off QR codes that link to online media.

The layout

It’s a one-page document to really make your own, experiment with colours, shapes, typography (fonts), sizes and different media. Many boards use a collage style. To get some inspiration visit Pinterest.

Resources for creating a mood board for language learning

Cork Board Budget, Wood Frame, 90 x 60 cm – Amazon 

A3 Foam Board – White (Pack of 10) – Amazon

Creating mood boards Adobe Creative Cloud (Free)

Creating mood boards with Canva (Free)

Why not develop a mood board for your language learning project and share with us on social media using the hashtags #LangMoBo #LanguageLearnersJournal.

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