Creating mental imagery is extremely important for comprehension. The course I took, Visualization and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking, uses imagery stimulation and questioning to teach students to understand what they read. Students who have difficulty with language processing learn to visualize and comprehend language. Language comprehension includes being able to recall facts, understand the main idea, make inferences, conclusions and predictions, and evaluate what is read. Visualizing and Verbalizing is also valuable in teaching students to organize information in order to remember and discuss it. It does not just test separate details, but focuses on teaching the gestalt. Nanci Bell, one of the creators of Visualizing and Verbalizing, writes that gestalt is, "a complex organized unit or whole that is more than the sum of its parts. A weakness in creating gestalt interferes with connection to and interpretation of incoming language." I am very thankful to have taken part in this course so I can integrate this instruction into my teaching.
-Jenny Crocker, 2017