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  • Study: Gestures help students learn new words in different languages

    Presenting vocabulary words to students with gestures, even motions that don’t convey the meanings of the words, can improve students’ comprehension of new words in a foreign language, according to a new study co-written by University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson and graduate student Nayoung Kim.

    Presenting vocabulary words to students with gestures, even motions that don’t convey the meanings of the words, can improve students’ comprehension of new words in a foreign language, according to a new study co-written by University of Illinois educational psychology professor Kiel Christianson and graduate student Nayoung Kim.

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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Kiel Christianson, call 217-265-6558; email kiel@illinois.edu

    The paper “Gesture and vocabulary learning in a foreign language” is available online or from the News Bureau