1. They were written by native speakers, for native speakers
2. They have a clear context
3. They have built in reading supports like pictures, graphs, and maps
4. They offer text in small chunks that is more manageable for students
5. Since they are highly contextualized, it is easy for students to acquire new vocabulary quickly
When we use infographics in class, the first thing my students do is highlight or circle words that are familiar to them - this could mean words that we have learned as part of vocabulary themes in class, words they have picked up incidentally, or cognates. Next, the students discuss what they think the title of the infographic means and what pieces of information the individual sections provide. After they have had a chance to discuss, I pass out a set of questions that are to be answered individually. Some of the questions are in Spanish and focus on students communicating their opinions or information about themselves in relation to the topic. Other questions are in English and focus on predicting meaning, reading strategies, and using context clues to aid comprehension.
My students reactions to the infographics have been very positive. I listen as they discuss in groups and I am amazed at how much they are able to understand - and they are too! It has definitely built up their confidence with reading (one of their weaker skill areas when they came to me in the Fall) as well as their skill level.
Here is a link to some of the reading activities I have created for use with infogrpahics:
Spanish Infographic Reading Activities - Novice Set 1
Spanish Infographic Reading Activities - Novice Set 2
Spanish Infographic Reading Activities - Novice-High Set 1
Spanish Infographic Reading Activities - Intermediate Set 1
Here are links to sites where you can find infographics in Spanish:
Infografías en Castellano
Having trouble printing your infographics? Here are links to a couple tutorials I found helpful:
Printing Block Posters
Printing with Blockster or Lightshot
Another easy way to print infographics is just to save the image and copy and paste it onto a Power Point slide. This way you can save it and print it pretty easily. Some infographics will still be too large, but many of the smaller ones will work just fine.