Two days ago, I had a chance to read and listen to Irene’s “Auf zur Fotopirsch, Der Stausee” lessons. It’s a two-part lesson.
I just want to say some things about it.
I haven’t yet come across any lessons that use photos to guide the reader/learner along, and I was pleasantly surprised by Irene’s use of photographs. Given our abilities in the target language, we learners often have a difficult time trying to really envision what the article is talking about. Yes, we may look up the words we don’t and such, but the words may not fully represent what is being meant, or may not adequately deliver the image in the creator’s mind to the learner. Some of the meaning I think is lost in translation, despite the learners’ efforts to understand and “see” everything.
Like I said, I don’t know if any other content creator has done this, but I praise Irene for providing pictures online that accompany the lesson text. Although I did LingQ just about every other word in the article, the pictures placed the words in context, and seeing what she explained helped a LOT.
So I’d recommend anyone who is creating content to provide some sort of pictures or photographs. Of course it isn’t absolutely necessary, but these visuals really do help one learn.
German learners, do check it out!