The use of pictures during lessons has greater importance than it is actually utilized. The coursebooks are full of pictures, which are mainly used as illustrations and often their only role is to separate texts and make the books more colourful.
The new millennium demands visuality, the ability to see and read in a wider sense. Ours is a highly visual society with television, cinema, billboards and magazine pictures all around us and we should help our students decode the information from the media.
It is obvious today (Levie and Lentz 1982) that pictures can assist in understanding and remembering the text. Pictures can substitute the text as well as give further information. They also help students with weaker verbal ability to talk about and link themes. Their use is especially recommended if the students have no direct experience (far away lands and countries).