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What is Visualizing and Verbalizing?

The brain uses imagery to comprehend and interpret oral and written language.

—Nanci Bell, Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking

Visualizing and Verbalizing® for Language Comprehension and Thinking by Nanci Bell

What is the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program?

The Visualizing and Verbalizing® (V/V®) program develops concept imagery—the ability to create an imaged gestalt from language—as a basis for comprehension and higher order thinking. The development of concept imagery improves reading and listening comprehension, memory, oral vocabulary, critical thinking, and writing.

V/V instruction develops comprehension for your core or homeschool curriculum—and is highly effective as an intervention to develop comprehension skills for students of all ages.

Symptoms of Weak Concept Imagery

Weakness in:

  • Reading comprehension
  • Listening comprehension
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Following directions
  • Memory
  • Oral language expression
  • Written language expression
  • Grasping humor
  • Interpreting social situations
  • Understanding cause and effect

Clinical research and experience over the last twenty-five years indicate there is a separate comprehension weakness that is rarely identified. This weakness often undermines the reading process and goes beyond use of context, phonological processing, word recognition, oral vocabulary, prior knowledge, and background experience. It is a weakness, based in the sensory system, in creating an imaged gestalt.

—Nanci Bell, Visualizing & Verbalizing

Why teach the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program?

V/V® instruction teaches students how to comprehend by creating mental imagery for language. Improved comprehension helps students connect to core content standards, grades K through 12. Teach beyond strategies. Teach to the foundation of language comprehension: concept imagery.