Using the Power of Gestures in Your English Language Instruction


Gestures are a powerful tool to support English comprehension. How can you use them effectively? Find some ideas at


What All Teachers Know: Talking With Your Hands Makes You Learn Things Faster


What language teacher and learner has not used hand gestures to communicate? We know that communication works much faster, especially when communication is conducted by novice learners. Why is this? Read more at

English Language Teaching and The Role of Gestures and Body Language


Every one of us who learned another language and traveled to the language community knows how important gestures are in order to communicate. In fact, at the novice level, gestures are THE essential component of communication. Find here some practical tips on how to teach using gestures at

Maximize English Mastery By Using Gestures in Your Instruction


Read more in How Seeing and Using Gestures Make Ideas More Memorable at

Using Gestures in English Lessons



The approach works across a variety of content areas — including story problems in math. In a 2011 study with 97 third- and fourth-graders, kids trained in the method solved 44 percent of math problems versus 33 percent for those in a control group. The trained kids were also much less likely (38 percent versus 61 percent) to mistakenly use irrelevant information in their calculations.

Word problems are notoriously hard for many students. “Kids sort of give up on trying to figure out what the meaning is and go right to playing with the numbers,” Glenberg explains. What the embodied approach does, he says, is help them develop “a sensorimotor representation” of the math problem. It “forces you to imagine the situation and that makes doing the math much easier.”

The same is true in reading. Many kids are able to sound out the text, but don’t actually understand it. This is particularly true of English language learners, Glenberg says. He has been testing the EMBRACE system for such students in the U.S. and in China. In a 2017 study with 93 native Spanish-speaking children in Arizona, he reports a “large positive benefit in story comprehension.” An enhanced version of the system offers some basic support in child’s native language.

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The Awesome Power of Gestures in English Language Teaching


All teachers use gestures as part of their comprehensible input strategies.  Read more here about being even more purposeful in When body meets mind in learning at


Communicating With Beginning English Learners: Using Hand Gestures in the Classroom


In training teachers, I always stress how important the first days and weeks in the classrooms are and how useful gestures are for comprehensions.  I recommend to use them deliberately and with purpose.  Read more in 6 Hand Signals That Bring Learning to Life at

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