Cuisenaire Rods to Teach English

How to Use Cuisenaire Rods to Teach English

Cuisenaire Rods are a set of colored rods usually of 1 centimeter cross section and of 10 lengths from 1 to 10 centimeters that are used for teaching number concepts and the basic operations of arithmetic

ColourCommon
abbreviation
Length
(in centimetres)
Whitew1
Redr2
Light greeng3
Purple (or pink)p4
Yellowy5
Dark greend6
Blackb7
Brown (or “tan”)t8
BlueB9
OrangeO10

Cuisenaire Rods in the Language Classroom

Though primarily used for mathematics, they have also become popular in language-teaching classrooms.

They can be used to:

  • Demonstrate most grammatical structures such as prepositions of place, comparatives & superlatives, determiners, tenses, adverbs of time, manner, etc.
  • Show sentence and word stress, rising and falling intonation and word groupings
  • Create a visual model of constructs, for example the English verb tense system .
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