These activities are great for opening the lesson to motivate, engage and These activities foster students’ engagement in fingerspelling, emphasising the importance of clear communication while expanding their knowledge of letters beyond their own names.
- RAPID FIRE
This activity focuses on students’ receptive skills.
- Line up students into two or three lines
- Fingerspell a word. The first student to sign/write on the board/say the correct answer, earns a point for the team. Students all go to the back of the line. Do a few rounds until everyone has had at least 2 turns then do Knock out round where those who get the answers correct can return to their seats (This will ensure students are motivated to participate rather than deliberately lose to sit down!).
Be consistently encouraging if students keep making mistakes, with clear feedback. “Oh nearly! Just got to get the handshape /movement right! Well done though!”
We want students to feel energised and encouraged throughout the activity. It can be tempting to try and keep the game orderly and quiet, but it should be lively, fun, with lots of laughter, groans, enthusiasm and encouragement. If students get it wrong say, “Oh so close! Just remember the correct handshape /movement- Well done though!”. You want to praise students for giving it a go and show you value their participation.
2. COLD CALL
- Students stay seated.
- The teacher waves to one students’ attention and signs, GOOD MORNING/GOOD AFTERNOON, L-U-C-Y.
- Lucy then stands and picks another student to greet, and so on, until all students have had a turn (no repeats).
- Alternatively, you can have students gain another students’ attention, fingerspell their names, then sign “PLEASE SIT *point to desired seat*”.
Just make sure there’s an extra chair available. The last student then signs, ALL SIT BACK PLEASE
These activities encourage students to practice fingerspelling for in a way that they must make sure they’re easily understood, and to learn more letters beyond their own names.
3. LOST IN THE POST 4. TWINS 5. FINGERSPELLING CHALLENGE CLICK HERE
Class discussion: Why is it important to respect rules of cultural groups like the Deaf Community?
What drives people to disregard these rules sometimes and how might it be disprespectful?
How can we be respectful of language and culture?