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Teaching Languages off the Beaten Track


Michal B. Paradowski

The 21st-century global linguistic landscape has seen many changes for language learners. New assessments have been made in a host of areas, especially regarding learners’ needs, motives, the target of instruction, and methodologies. The new realities, locales and purposes of communication all necessitate a shift in attitude and a new set of competencies is required of the teacher. This volume comprises a multi-faceted and thoughtful response to these changes in both modern reality and teaching philosophy. It is a study of a few of the other ways to tackle situations outside of norms and routines. The authors of this volume possess many years of teaching experience, and have stepped off the roads most travelled to explore new avenues and find novel solutions in foreign language teaching. This volume familiarises readers with contemporary theoretical debate and new research, and demonstrates how to easily translate these into practical, everyday classroom applications.
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Video Sign Language: A Research Study on Using Technology to Teach American Sign Language



Abstract: This research project explores how teachers of American Sign Language (ASL) can supplement secondary and post-secondary curriculum with videos. First, quantitative data was collected and interpreted. The experimental group watched a videotaped review during class, while the control group reviewed live with the teacher. Test scores for each group were collected and compared. Qualitative data in the form of a survey was also collected. The survey compares the students’ self-reported ability to use technology. The data helps predict the likelihood of students’ abilities to use the video resources independently. Gathered data suggests ASL teachers using video recordings of course material might expect to see unaffected performance among students during testing.

Keywords: American Sign Language, Video, Assessment, Curriculum, technology, online teaching

This project looks at how using technology may be correlated with student success in American Sign Language classes at the high school and college level. Specifically, students in both the control and experimental groups have access to all curriculum materials and the teacher; however, the experimental group is given additional materials in the form of videotaped examples of each vocabulary sign. After teaching the unit the instructor reviews vocabulary with the control group during class by manually signing each sign for the students to practice. The experimental group is asked to sign along with a video production of each sign in lieu of review with the teacher, but the students in both groups can ask for repetition from the teacher for clarity. Following...

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