Interpersonal Communication Ideas

Before I start with activities and ideas for students to do to communicate with each other, let’s look at what interpersonal communication looks like in the classroom.  The Ohio Department of Education has done an amazing job at explaining the process and the dimensions of interpersonal communication.  If you have time, I highly recommend you Read more about Interpersonal Communication Ideas[…]

The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication

Peer-to-Peer Communication When I asked my students about communicating in class they asked for more short conversations with different partners and time to do this every day. They felt it helped them become more confident in their signing skills. As a teacher, I know this is true. Placing a student with the same partner all Read more about The Importance of Peer-to-Peer Communication[…]

Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language!

Get them using the language: A while back I posted about communication first in the target language. I discussed the importance of communication in the language classroom. Today I want to talk about how we can mix it up to keep students engaged and get them using the target language. I know there are days Read more about Challenge yourself! Mix it up! Get them using the language![…]

Performance Based Testing Examples

In my last post I discussed performance based testing and some of the positive and negative points of changing the way you test. Today I want to talk about what performance based testing looks like in the ASL classroom. Like any language, ASL education is changing. The focus from grammar based instruction towards communicative language Read more about Performance Based Testing Examples[…]

The Ticket to Communication

Communication I hear from language teachers over and over again how difficult it is to keep students communicating in the target language. I agree this can sometimes be difficult but with a few tweaks in your day and how you present material, I think you will be surprised at what your students can do with Read more about The Ticket to Communication[…]

Communication First

By now we all know the 5 C’s of World Language teaching…Communication, Culture, Comparisons, Community and Connections.  They are, after all, the foundation to what we do as language teachers. How often do we think of these 5 components when creating daily lessons? And how easy is it to just focus on a few and Read more about Communication First[…]