Book Review | 60 Kinesthetic Grammar Activities by Alice Savage and Colin Ward

Genre: Self-help

Publisher: Alphabet Publishing

Publication date: June 11, 2020

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53962548-60-kinesthetic-grammar-activities?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=v2exJMI1yC&rank=1

Amazon India: https://www.amazon.in/Kinesthetic-Grammar-Activities-Teacher-Tools/dp/1948492504/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=60+kinesthetic+grammar+activities&qid=1597925839&sr=8-1

Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/60-kinesthetic-grammar-activities-walton-burns


My Thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Where I live, English grammar is taught using a book authored by Wren and Martin. So I was surprised to find this kinesthetic approach to learning grammar. The activities are categorized by CEFR level, so instructors can choose them based on the learning level of their students.

Each activity is provided with the following information: aim, CEFR level, time, and preparation required. I wish I’d been taught like this–these activities sound like a lot of fun!

I found the foreword fascinating– it shows how the concept of movement in language learning evolved. Another useful section has five pertinent tips for success to help the instructor make the activities more productive.

What I noticed is that the activities don’t need elaborate props and instructors can make use of whatever is already available. I can see these activities being used by teachers in my country to elevate our dry grammar classes.

The activities aren’t too time-consuming, either, so they can be incorporated into a session without sacrificing time required for a regular lesson. There are plenty of examples to help the instructor get started with the activity.

I found this concept of language learning unique and refreshing. Great book!

(I received an ARC from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)


Synopsis

“60 Kinesthetic Grammar Activities contains] a wide range of practicable activities that, in the words of the authors, ‘connect language in our head to our arms and legs, eyes and ears.”

— Scott Thornbury, Author How to Teach Grammar and Grammar Uncovered, from the Foreword


Too often, we teach grammar as a set of boring rules, best practiced by filling out worksheets. This new book bursts that myth with a collection of activities that get students out of their seats and learning in a dynamic and active classroom.

The benefits of kinetic language learning activities are many:

a) teach gesture and nonverbal communication
b) activate our embodied mind
c) make grammar memorable
d) change the dynamics of the classroom
e) build community
f) and raise students’ moods.


This book contains everything you need to practice 60 common grammar points in a dynamic and active way! All the activities inside are all low-prep or no-prep, easy to adapt to your classroom, and flexible enough to work with a variety of target language features.




Categories: 4-star reads, ARC Reviews, Non-fiction, Self-help

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