I'm new to TEFL, but it seems like an appropriate place to ask a quick question about teaching methods for young learners!
Specifically, I'm interested to know whether teachers still use the "word shapes" teaching method. These are the visual cues where the teacher draws a solid border around the "shape" of the word to help students identify the letters with ascenders and descenders (the "sticks" of tall letters and "tails" of letters that sink below the baseline).
I've spoken to a few primary school teachers who swear by the word shape / word wall method and others who say that word shapes are based on VERY outdated research. As with many pedagogical topics, there seems to be heated debate on wordshapes' effectiveness.
Any thoughts or suggestions? Do primary school teachers still use wordshapes as teaching aids?
Thanks in advance, looking forward to your feedback