As you may have noticed from a few previous posts (The Big Picture: Teaching Grammar Holistically and Visually, Holistic Grammar with Cuisinaire Rods, and Teaching Past Simple vs. Present Perfect with Cuisenaire Rods), I’m a bit of a fan of finding fun ways of using Cuisenaire rods in ELT. Of course they’re amusing, colorful, and surprising for learners using them for the first time, but that’s just scratching the surface. They also have valid pedagogical qualities such being able to help learners notice patterns, bring the additional senses of touch and sight into language learning, and add an element of play to an otherwise cognitively taxing process (translation: they’re fun).
Here’s a short list of reasons why Cuisenaire rods can make an interesting addition to any teacher’s toolbox:
- They give learners hands-on ways of manipulating grammatical structures and vocabulary (great for showing the differences…
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