There is nothing complicated about Can Do Cubes. Every cube is engraved with six words; all words on a particular cube are grammatically related. Some cubes display only verbs (either different verbs in the one form or the same verb in different forms); some show pronouns or nouns, prepositions or conjunctions. All word classes are represented, as are the most commonly used punctuation marks. Each cube presents a little lesson of its own. By combining and re-combining the cubes, the ways that words relate to each other in the English language can clearly be demonstrated and practised.
The words contained in this toolkit include those which are the most frequently used in day to day English. They are used because they are simple and versatile; they are at the heart of English grammar. An understanding of the way they relate to one another is essential to discovering how English works.
By using the games and creative activities to focus a student's attention on the words and word relations that build into the English language, the boredom and fear, often associated with the learning of English, are removed. When mistakes are made, they are there to be seen, to be discussed, corrected and learnt from. Exploring grammar becomes a simple matter of: “Can you do this?” or: “What can you do with that?” It is a process of discovery.
English grammar is traditionally presented as a system of rules and definitions with a prescribed order in which they should be learnt. This not only discourages many students, but may also hide the knowledge a student already possesses.
Can Do Cubes are not limited to any particular learning level or order; they simply find out what a student can do whilst supplying the elements needed to discover what might be done with this or that word, this or that structure.
There is always a range of abilities among students in even the most carefully graded classes. Can Do Cubes reveal an individual student's knowledge of English (from the internet, pop music, advertising, the cinema etc.) and invite him or her to reveal this knowledge to their teacher. Left in the hands of students, they will encourage the mutual sharing of this knowledge and facilitate the very natural process of learning from one's peers.
The cubes are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to touch; they invite handling and discussion. Both building with blocks and playing with words seem to be natural human activities from an early age. Can Do Cubes bring these instincts together, effectively harnessing them in the classroom to make the learning of English grammar a pleasure.
Can Do Cubes put the English language in the hands of the student.