Professional Development

Class Title: Accelerate Oral Language Skills in (Spanish/English) Through the Use of American Sign Language, Storytelling, Games, Songs, and Dance

Target Audience:

Early childhood educators, speech and language pathologists working with preschool and early elementary school children A 4-part course available in 90 minute sessions or in an all-day workshop designed to provide participants with a comprehensive perspective and effective instructional strategies identified as best practice for teaching dual language learners in preschool and early elementary grades. Each session incorporates American Sign Language (ASL), music, dance, and lots of classroom activities while learning approximately 30 signs per week based upon a variety of themes. Participants will understand how these instructional strategies can begin to form the “bridge” from one language to another. We will explore cross-linguistic transfer from Spanish to English. We will explore how activities can be adapted for an RTI model or multi-tier approach used to efficiently differentiate instruction for all students.

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Session 1

  • How early language development forms the foundation for literacy.
  • First and second language acquisition milestones
  • Addressing Literacy Skills in ELL’s (apostrophe)
  • The Language-Literacy Connection
  • Explore tools necessary to enhance and accelerate early sound, language, and literacy development in a first or second language


Session 2

  • How music, dance/movement and sign language enhance attention, information processing, motivation, communication skills and selfesteem
  • The Multi-Modality Method
  • Benefits of Sign Language and Music-Assisted Learning
  • Incorporating Sign Language in the Classroom


Session 3

  • How a multi-modality approach to leaning supports creativity and brain connections
  • Early Brain Stimulation


Session 4

How a healthy, loving, interactive relationship is the cornerstone for acquiring rich diverse language and the joy of learning Phonological Development: How phonological/phonemic awareness, rhyming and repetition are essential tools for literacy

  • Oral Language
    • Speaking and Listening (thematic partner books, riddles, the joy of learning/language play)

  • Phonological Processing
    • Conscious awareness and ability to manipulate sound structures of words
    • Rhyming, repetition, alliteration

  • Print Knowledge
    • Concepts of print
    • Alphabet knowledge
    • Being a writer

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