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  1. Hi John,
    Thanks for posting that video. It’s great to have the activities demonstrated so clearly.
    Ceri Jones and I wrote a post of Cuisenaire ideas a couple of years ago: http://sandymillin.wordpress.com/2011/03/22/cuisenaire-rods/ and Christina Rebuffet-Broadus has recently posted about using them in her class too: http://ilovetefl.wordpress.com/?s=cuisenaire
    Hope they’re useful to you in some way!

  2. Thankyou so much for this. It’s really helpful. I loved the city scene! I’ve only ever used them in my Silent Way Delta EP, for word stress. I loved that class, but like you said, I wasn’t really sure how else to use them.

    Three more ways? Blimey, there were so many covered in there. Could you use them to represent whole paragraphs or ideas, to illustrate the different types of essay structures you can use in IELTS writing part 2? You had the example of word stress, but I guess you could also use them to show stress at sentence level, particularly with using it contrastively. Maybe also question tags? The colours could be used well to highlight the negative / positive correlation. Phew, that’s my three!

    • Hi Katy.As I say, they are one of those tools we often hear about and are used here and there but it’s rare these days to have a whole session on them. Following your suggestions, yes you can use them to represent paragraph sturcture with one rod representing the topic sentence and three other rods representing supportng sentences. And I have used them to show essay structure as you suggest. They can also work like this to show the structure of a presentation. Sentence stress and contrastive stress works – Adrian Underhill in ‘Sound Foundations’ suggests a quite a few ways. Question tags? Never seen that one done but yes it could work….Heck we nearly have enough for a video sequel Katy!


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