Set 1 (0001-1000) is a basic set which includes all relevant daily life activities: eating, sleeping, washing one’s self, cooking, reading, etc. In the foreground of this set is the concept that as many of the basic and relevant activities as possible should be included, which a four-person family would carry out during an average day. Using the ELA photo cards in this set, it is possible to learn a vocabulary of activities of daily life and to talk about numerous areas of everyday life by constructing sentences or discourses to the stimuli. On the other hand, it is possible to evaluate, train and remediate the comprehension of spoken and written language. In particular with the photo cards from Set 1, word-finding and lexical retrieval for everyday life objects can be worked on in their natural context.
Set 2 (1001-2000) is an elaborate syntax kit designed for systematic appraisal and training of word, sentence and discourse level (texts and dialogues) abilities. The photo cards in this set vary with regard to complexity and type of sentence structure with many photo cards depicting semantically reversible verbs, e.g. greet, photograph, hug, kiss, pinch, push, pull, etc. For irreversible verbs many examples are included in which the object or the activity is substituted, e.g.: "A woman is washing a plate - knife - coffee pot - pantyhose" versus "A woman is washing - rinsing - drying - putting away - taking a plate". Numerous examples for each sentence type allow for intensive and extensive training.
The length of a text, i.e. the number of photo cards on which a text can be based can vary from three to fifteen or more photo cards. The structure of Set 3 allows for the breaking down of an activity (= macroproposition) into its component parts (= micropropositions). Semantically, the verbs constituting a text on a specific topic are highly differentiated. Thus, with the Set 3 cards vocabulary exercises or categorization of verbs based on their differential meanings are also possible.
What makes the ELA Object Series so unique is that it consists of the original objects that were used in photographing the verbs/activities. The objects belong to various semantic categories allowing for training and therapy of very basic words from different areas of everyday life. Combined use of both series allows for the building up of a comprehensive and relevant vocabulary consisting of nouns and verbs from a variety of semantic categories.