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Online Course Management System - FREE. Would you use it?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Mitchell Lee Feb 12. 7 Replies

I'd like to know how many teachers would use a completely free course management system , if offered here? Meaning, you can create a course there,…Continue

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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue


A video that prompts a lot of thought about first lang. development.

Would you teach your child to sign? What does this say about "the silent period" of 2nd language learning????

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 12, 2010 at 8:44pm
It looks like fun! But unless you, the language provider, are fluent in sign language, her oral abilities are quickly going to outstrip her ability to sign, and the only way it will be important to her is as a little silent game she can play with her mother, with no one else knowing what they are doing... or, of course, if she has someone she can talk to that is deaf and needs to sign to communicate.

I'm not sure what this says about the silent period of 2nd language development, David, except that both people are faced with a similar dilemma- they can understand the meaning of more words than they can pronounce. The baby is going to fly ahead, rarely feeling the struggle, while the grown-up learner is probably going to wish everyone would just learn sign language!

I remember reading about this somewhere around the time Adele was a baby (which was 27 or 28 years ago!) and thinking it would be fun and interesting. It might even improve the feelings of closeness between the baby and her caretakers. But back then, I seem to recall the study concluding that it didn't make any difference in long-term language development. Babies who learned sign where, by a certain age, no more or less fluent in their L1 than babies that did not learn sign. Of course, that is now an old study, and who knows if I am remembering the details correctly?

Comment by Esperanza Morcillo Villa on April 12, 2010 at 11:42pm
What a tender video! For children, it is easier to communicate in sign language than in any other spoken language. They can understand very soon what their parents tell them but it takes more time to articulate the words and to use the oral language. When we teach a foreign language we use signs, too. The important thing is to be able to communicate our feelings, our needs, our desires,... using words or signs. Bravo for this mum!

Comment by ddeubel on April 12, 2010 at 11:59pm
I agree - Bravo to the mother who I think is a great example of a teacher!

Ellen, it might not make a long term difference to the baby but by the child being "understood" more , when "speechless", it certainly improves their relationship and I even might say that will help long term, really would.

I think that we have a "silent period" for students because we don't create the proper environment for students so they might be able to use gestures and signs to compliment their speech. Left with only "sound" , they remain silent until at a higher, more comfortable level. Maybe doing something like this with our students, if teaching beginners/false beginners would "quicken" their acquisition of language???

Just for others -- this baby is not using any official sign language. It is something the mother made up - their secret means of communication. That to me even makes it more magical.

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