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Visual language

Key resources

  • Exploring Language: this resource provides support on how visual texts work.
  • New Zealand exemplars in English: The matrices for presenting static and moving images unpack what the deeper features of 'purposes and audiences' might look like at levels 1–5.
  • Purposes and audiences: on the NZ Curriculum page, teachers can select appropriate curriculum descriptors to find out 'What it looks like' and 'Why it's important'.

Listening, reading, viewing: Level 2 / Level 4 / Level 6 / Level 8

Speaking, writing, presenting: Level 2 / Level 4 / Level 6 / Level 8

  • Learning Through Talk: Oral Language in Years 1–3
    This resource is intended to help teachers of students in years 1 to 3 to understand the central role of oral language in supporting students’ learning. It suggests ways that teachers can help their students to become effective thinkers and communicators who use a range of strategies to make sense of the world, generate new ideas, and use language in increasingly sophisticated ways for specific purposes. It is available from Down the Back of the Chair.
  • Learning Through Talk: Oral Language in Years 4–8
    This resource is intended to help teachers of students in years 4 to 8 to understand the central role of oral language in supporting students’ learning. It suggests ways that teachers can help their students to become effective thinkers and communicators who use a range of strategies to make sense of the world, generate new ideas, and use language in increasingly sophisticated ways for specific purposes. It is available from Down the Back of the Chair.

Other resources

  • Ad Dissection 101: Exposing Media Manipulation - The goal of this online activity is to help students become responsible, conscious, and critical consumers through adopting the roles of scientist and media consultant in the detailed analysis of advertisements. Levels 5–8
  • Animals and Us - From Save Animals from Exploitation (SAFE), NCEA resources with ideas for particular achievement standards. Teachers and students may find the "Resources" section of most use, as it contains extracts from fiction and non-fiction, magazine, and newspaper articles, media releases, legislation, cartoons, and advertising campaigns (all PDF files). Levels 5–8
  • Audio Visual Archives - From Archives New Zealand, this site features 100 National Film Unit films, including Weekly Reviews and Pictorial Parade newsreels, as well as one-off documentaries. These provide a unique insight into New Zealand's cultures and heritage. It also has information on the National Film Unit, Archives New Zealand's preservation work, and stories on filmmakers and films. Levels 1–8
  • The Basics of Poster Design - Use these ideas and examples to guide your students through the essentials of this form of visual communication. There are instructions and information about ways to create an effective poster, and a poster checklist that can be printed out.
  • The Cartoon Web - A comprehensive archive of political and humour cartoons, caricatures, and illustrations.
  • Presenters Online - From Epson, a series of tutorials on public presentations covering content, delivery, visuals, PowerPoint, and use of a projector. Also included are templates, digital images, and clip art.
  • World War II Posters: Powers of Persuasion - This online exhibit features National Archives propaganda posters and sound files used by the United States government to explain and promote the war effort in Europe and the Pacific.
  • Breaking the News - From Britain's Channel 4, a comprehensive guide to the critical analysis and production of television news, including a range of downloadable resources for the classroom. Levels 5–8
  • British Film Institute - A huge repository of film information and links, including to Sight and Sound Online and the Museum of the Moving Image Online. The site also has a wealth of education resources and lesson plans. Levels 1–8



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