Module 2 – Lesson 1: What is Graphic Facilitation?

Graphic (or visual) Faciltation is the use of simple, hand-drawn, graphics to support groups or individuals towards their goals. 

The drawings and visuals are based on international iconography. They are NOT art, but communication.  

Some people believe that they can’t draw, but graphic facilitation is an accessible method for visual communication. It sees drawing as a visual vocabulary which, like any language, can be developed through time and practice. 

Graphic Facilitation has its roots in design industries such as architecture and engineering. It is invaluable as a tool for planning projects or visualising new technologies. 

In language teaching, you can use it with classes, in teacher training sessions and to make strategic plans for your school. It’s an engaging and innovative way to support ideas generation, team building and language acquisition.    

Over the years I’ve come to realise that it has a multitude of benefits for English language teachers. 

– It’s versatile

– It’s multisensory

– It aids critical thinking

– It supports memory

– It makes information more accessible

– It reduces processing load

– It aids understanding

– It takes minimal or zero preparation

– It doesn’t require technology

– It’s quick

– It’s copyright free

– It’s different

– It’s engaging

– It’s fun

As you work through this module, I’ll share more examples of graphic facilitation techniques, specially tailored to the English Language Teaching context. 

These are real examples of ways I’ve successfully used them in the classroom to support my learners and trainees. 

As you go through these lessons, add your thoughts and ideas to the forum.