UVic's Language Teaching Clipart Library: Introduction

This library consists of about 3000 images which we hope will be useful in the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages. The characters and objects depicted are as culturally neutral as we could make them.

This is not a huge resource of graphics; its purpose is to provide a set of those graphics most basic and useful for low-level language-teaching, and at the same time, to make them as easily searchable as possible.

The 3000 images consist of 1500 pairs. One member of each pair has a transparent background just big enough to fit the image, the other has a white background 110 by 110 pixels. For example, compare these two images:

Transparent background | White Matted Background

Use the transparent background if:

  • you want an informal presentation or have a coloured page and want the graphics to appear to be sitting right on the page, or
  • you want to place the images as close together as possible (notice that the transparent rectangle is smaller than the white one).

Use the white matted background if:

  • you want to arrange the images in rows or columns, or
  • you want a more formal presentation.

The original Photoshop and Illustrator files are not included in the Web-based collection. They will be included in any CD-ROM-based version we issue in the future.

We have another page with more help on how to find an image and copy it to your web site. If you prefer to explore, click on the "Topic Galleries" or "Keyword Search" buttons at the top of this window. Please DON'T link to the graphics on our site, as this site may move. Download them and place them on your own server.

You may use GIF images from this library on your Website as long as you add an acknowledgement to the UVic Humanities Computing and Media Centre and Half-Baked Software somewhere on your site. If you have any enquiries about this clipart library or what you are permitted to do with it, please email us at mholmes@uvic.ca.