Why are gestures so important in language learning? Especially when we learn speaking?
Gestures trigger a different part of the brain, than for example pictures or words do.
When learning a language (no, actually when learning ANYTHING) it is highly recommended to activate as many senses as possible.
Eyes, ears, hands, balance, if possible also smell and taste.
The picture of a snake:
this only could mean many many things.
The word 'snake'
pretty clear if we have heard the word before, know what it means, how to decode and sound it out, and can 'picture' it in our mind. So, lots of work to do, only with a WORD.
The gesture of a snake:
again, only the gesture could mean many things, but together with the above it gets clearer.
Of course there are many more reasons for using gestures:
it is fun, they can even function as brain breaks.
They help students to get out of their chairs and move around.
I have had times without a voice, and I still could teach, because we all knew gestures.
And, here, for you 10 songs in one playlist to teach with gestures.
As always, if you have questions or comments, let me know.
And here is:
Gestures for 'What are you doing?'