#13 -- Teaching English to young learners through sign language! A TPR method.
I recently attended a storytelling workshop led by Cathy Spagnoli. She is an amazing storyteller and uses all sorts of gestures/effects. She also uses ASL , sign language to tell stories and add an extra dimension to them. I got to thinking that this would be an excellent way to introduce the alphabet and even get young students spelling words back and forth. Doing fosters language acquisition and retention and it is a fun, active way to teach English.
You can go through this PPT I made with students. They can try to make the sign. Or if adept, after awhile try to sign the picture shown.
Another great TPR activity along the same way is getting the students to write/draw numbers/words/pictures on each others back or palm. The other student guesses! Great fun and not as easy as it sounds. But a marvelous way to practice.
This topic too, is loaded with alphabet ideas!
Resources: Let's Sign the ALPHABET! ppt
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