Cuisenaire Rods to Teach English

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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

(in centimetres)
Light greeng3
Purple (or pink)p4
Dark greend6
Brown (or “tan”)t8

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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