Teacher journal archive (2008-2011)

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Talk with the hand : gesture and language, and teaching and learning


Gestures are a central feature of communication, but research shows they are also fundamental to the way we learn language, and more besides. The author explores the importance of gesture in language learning, applicable to both first and second languages. She also covers research conducted in the fields of disability, mathematics, and synchrony of voice and movement. Educators around the world are rediscovering gesture's role in general cognitive development, its integral link with expression and perception in interaction and with language, and as an indicator of and path to the affective realm of the learner's experience. [Author abstract, ed]

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