I strongly believe in using different methods of teaching in the classroom. My teaching philosophy is focused on students' learning American Sign Language (ASL). I will use the following three methods and approaches: Content-Based Instruction, Cooperative Language Learning and Learner-Centered Instruction as well as the Direct Method. I feel that these methods and approach are essential because it will assist me in developing better techniques when teaching. Students will accomplish learning ASL. I encourage using Kim Brown-Kurz's 5 C's, "Communication, Culture, Connections, Comparisons and Communities" (National Standards for Foreign Language Education - American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, n.d.). For example, the students will feel comfortable using ASL after communicating with other fluent ASL users and learn about Deaf Culture. They will be able to compare the differences between hearing and Deaf Culture. As previously mentioned, I will expand on each of the teaching methods and approach I will use in the classroom: Content-Based Instruction, Cooperative Language Learning and Learner-Centered Instruction as well as the Direct Method.
The Content-Based Instruction is a teaching method that demonstrates objects and pictures in the classroom in accordance to the Direct Method. Students will be able to comprehend sign language in no time including discourse structure.
The Cooperative Language Learning (CLL) is a teaching method that will be used in the classroom allowing students to develop their "Interactive" skills. The CLL and Learned-Centered Instruction (LCI) methods are two teaching methods that overlap with one another. By utilizing these methods, I will empower student to develop their own activities in and out of the classroom. Those activities will include ASL as well as Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
As previously mentioned, the Learner-Centered Instruction is a teaching approach that overlaps with the CLL method. Students will do activities on their own; creating ASL Storyteller, ASL poet, A-Z, #1-5 and their own innovations. They will be divided into groups as well as in pairs to work on the semester project per the teacher's request. Group discussion will be utilized and will include questions and answers. I encourage students to learn each other's home culture and language use as well as their community.
I believe when students' socialization in the Deaf Community and Deaf Events will have acquisition skills in learning the sign language and improve their receptive skills.
I want to include Gouin's Theory has proved that the language was practiced in full English sentence and ASL sentence will be very briefly; but in the concept of language is same.
"The interaction between your approach and your classroom practice is the key to dynamic teaching" (Brown, 2007 p. 43).
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