Linguistic diversity provides great challenges for our educational system. English Language Learners (ELLs) are a diverse population of students who are learning English in school. They come from numerous cultural and economic backgrounds, and live throughout the country. The task of the classroom teacher is to find a successful way to reach these children with the least amount of stress in a safe environment. Language minority students and limited English proficient students are one of the fastest growing groups of students in the United States.
I believe that simultaneously teaching, American Sign Language (ASL) and the English language to ELLs helps bridge the gap between speaking, sight word identification, writing, and language development in the L2 and builds overall student confidence.
Research has shown signing vocabulary to be an effective learning tool for ELLs to retain and recall content information. Additionally, ASL helps the majority of students to discover vocabulary kinesthetically, and improve their academic skills.
This video displays a deaf teacher discussing ASL/English bilingual approach in teaching. She discusses, Preview, View, Review, (P.V.R.) to teach a new concept using ASL/English and ,"chaining" to learn new vocabulary.