The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) programme is a research-validated strategy to improve comprehension and higher-order thinking through developing an individual’s concept imagery—the ability to create a complete and dynamic mental image from language—in children and adults. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.
Visualising and Verbalising is for individuals who experience weakness in language comprehension (reading and listening). Some signs of weak concept imagery or language comprehension include:
- Difficulty in critical thinking and problem-solving
- Difficulty interpreting social situations
- Difficulty understanding cause and effect
- Seems to miss often the “point” or “the main idea”
- Reads fluently but has trouble understanding or retelling what they read
- Struggles with oral or written language expression
The programme is based upon sensory-cognitive processes. It involves the use of Socratic questioning techniques to help students develop an excellent imagery-language connection to build their critical thinking and language comprehension skills. Students start by describing (verbalisation) real pictures presented in front of them, followed by retelling imagined images. Later on, students are then taught to create mental images (visualisation) of simple sentences, paragraphs, and eventually whole texts. The end goal is for students to be able to integrate and apply concept imagery to formal school instruction independently.