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Роль графических средств в понимании структуры англоязычного учебного дискурса

The paper deals with the problem of using graphic visuals in English class as a means ofenhancing discourse structure awareness from the psychoeducational perspective. The issue under consideration has become actual in teaching English for Specific Purposes, e.g. Economics in English, as well as Academic English. Discourse structures are basic text models making it possible to fully understand detailed information and carry out a systematic analysis. Appropriate interpretation of diagrams, visual frames, semantic webs, mind-maps and other graphic visuals by means of the OPTIC system implies the use of overview-, parts-, title-, interrelations- and conclusion- components. As in this case theleft and right cerebral hemispheres are involved in the mental process, thinking visually can both expand students’ horizons and raise the chances of containing information inthe long-term memory.