With using American Sign Language as a tool for teacher directions, taking turns, using manners and administering correction, control of the classroom can be back in the teacher's hands. How does that sound? Is it worth a try?
When I have asked teachers in the past about the most difficult area of teaching for them personally, many will say that class management is the toughest area to get control of in the classroom. With using ASL with your ESL/EFL students, you will not only get your students’ attention but you will notice a difference very quickly.
It’s a great way for students to pay attention to the English vocabulary that is used in the classroom on a daily basis. When the students have FUN with the ASL, they will be ready to start using it as a way to help them learn and remember their new English vocabulary.
Check out this resource that I have put together. Then, let me know how it works for you and/or if you have any questions.
I want to welcome those of you who joined my session this weekend in Singapore! What a great group you were! With more than 40 countries represented at this conference, it will be interesting to see where you are all from. Please post where you are from (home country), where you are teaching now and a little bit about your position.
The session had to move very quickly so I have included the pdf, ASL Signs Handbook_Singapore, which includes the signs I taught during the session, along with the two PowerPoint presentations, ASL in ESL Classroom-Singapore, ASL in the ESL Classroom_behavior-Singapore.
Please feel free to download these and use for your personal use in the classroom. To use the material outside your classroom, please contact me and let me know how you would like to use it.
Thanks for coming to my session in Singapore! I’m looking forward to you using ASL with your students! Report back in this blog and ask any questions that you might have. I will also be posting additional information from time to time.