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This paper discusses one English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher's attempts to use cuisenaire rods as a language learning tool. Cuisenaire rods (sometimes called algebricks) vary in size from 1 x 1 x 10 centimeter sticks to 1 x 1 x 1 centimeter cubes, with each of the 10 sizes a different color. Although such rods have been used to teach mathematical concepts, they are also used to teach basic language concepts, such as numbers, colors, size, question words, and question-and-answer skills, as well as more abstract concepts. Several ESL lessons using cuisenaire rods are discussed, highlighting their implementation and the results. Such lessons encourage student questioning and discussion, because the teacher usually speaks only to stimulate response (hence teaching techniques associated with the rods are known as the Silent Way). An appendix contains a description of the use of cuisenaire rods to diagram sentences. (Contains 5 references.) (MDM)

Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), FLES, Instructional Materials, Language Skills, Lesson Plans, Questioning Techniques, Second Language Instruction, Teaching Methods

Author: Cherry, Donald Esha

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=8717&id=ED369284

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