An Empirical Study on Kinaesthetic Approach Learning in Attaining English Language Specifications among Children in Upper Primary Schools in India

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Khriereizhunuo Dzuvichu, J. Karthikeyan, Mohammed Shamsul Hoque, R. Vasanthan

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This study will explore how students of class 6 can learn through a kinaesthetic approach to attain English language specifications. Class 6 is adopted as the case in point for this study since most schools start teaching through verbal or visual means alone from class 6 onwards. As the class progresses, the amount of physical activities and movements decline to near nothing, making the learning process a monotonous and mechanical one for students which reflect poorly in their overall learning indicator. The study is a qualitative based research and the methodology includes the research methods of assessment, observation, document analyses and statistical survey. The study reveals that learning that takes place through a kinaesthetic approach yields a good outcome not only in students’ performance but also in their engaged participation, responsibility and owing up to their learning based on physical movements linked to deep learning and thinking of concepts. The study discloses that a kinaesthetic approach learning is more successful and student friendly since it incorporates a multisensory path of learning as opposed to what is followed in the regular approach. The study concludes on the success of adopting a kinaesthetic approach learning among class 6 students for better performance in all the four skills of the language after a study period. None of the existing works on English language teaching and learning, by and large, deal with a clear cut approach to improve students’ performance. In a diverging trend, this study is a pioneering exploration of adopting kinaesthetic approach learning with clearly designed activities patterned on the English language specifications for class 6.

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