We’re thrilled to be publishing a book on Kinesthetic Grammar Activities from Alice Savage and Colin Ward. Kinesthetic grammar is a great way to practice language dynamically. The benefits are many:
- Vary the pace of the classroom
- Help teach nonverbal language and gesture in communication
- Activate embodied mind and improve the memorability of target grammar
- Build classroom community!
I’ve included an excerpt from Alice and Colin’s wonderful blog post. I highly recommend checking out the full post, which includes some example activities. Then come back here and check out the book, 60 Kinesthetic Activities!
We often talk about “grammar on the move.” The reality is that grammar instruction itself can also be moving. When students are asked to get out of their seats or point to something or walk around the room, they are engaged. There is laughter and fun. It feels like a game. Sometimes chaos ensues, which can be great, and learning always takes place.
Kinesthetic Grammar is the idea that language can be practiced and better remembered when tied to physical movement. A movement of the hand might indicate a change in tense. A stomping of the foot could imply a “run-on.” The physical activity serves as a cognitive hook, something to help students remember what it is they’re learning. Sometimes the movement even mimics the meaning of the grammar.
Below are a few examples of ways to use kinesthetic techniques to teach grammar, all of which can be modified to fit your own needs. Think about how they could be for your own instruction, and let your imagination run wild!