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Maggie Horne
Reply to 2nd Language
Thu Jun 11, 2015 23:00

While I understand where everyone else is coming from, I do not believe that learning a second language is ever a waste of time. Learning sign language, or any other language, is incredibly time consuming but I believe that it is something that you always benefit from. You may not have a student in your classroom who communicates with sign language some years, but you can teach your students certain signs. I do not believe there is a teacher who has not come into contact with a person who communicates using sign language. Yes, they do have translators and such for people who speak other languages, but isn't teaching about forming relationships with your students? You will form closer relationships by communicating with your students directly. You are taking something that is a large part of who they are, showing them that you respect it, and taking the time to learn it yourself, no matter what language. Learning a second language is a great way to communicate with your students, but also with many people around the world.

  • 2nd Language - whitemb2, Thu Jun 11 12:19
    So I also watched the video of Mike and saw how the teacher used sign language in order to communicate with her student and also see if he could comprehend basic questions that was asked of him. In... more
    • RE: 2nd language - tatem1, Sat Jun 13 18:59
      I think knowing a second language is very beneficial and knowing sign language can help tremendously when working with non-verbal students. Imagine having a non-verbal student or a student who knows... more
    • RE: 2nd Language - parsonkl, Sat Jun 13 15:35
      Personally, I love the idea of knowing a second language. I was signed up to take sign language at a different college last year, but they had a really long waiting list and I was not able to get in... more
    • Re: 2nd Language - hinesjd, Fri Jun 12 18:18
      Awesome ideas. Given my personal background, I can say that it is very important to learn a second language. In my high school, there was a big language barrier because we had a large Hispanic... more
      • Signing and 2nd Languages - Rachel Caldwell, Sat Jun 13 12:00
        My home town has a large Hispanic population that typically does not speak English. This can make communicating with parents and new students difficult. Going back to the sign language part of this... more
    • Keep learning - miloshcl, Fri Jun 12 12:02
      It is ABSOLUTELY not a waste of time to learn a second language. As a teacher, sure, it's great to have at least a little bit of a second language because some of your students WILL be English... more
    • Reply to 2nd Language - Maggie Horne, Thu Jun 11 23:00
      • Learn a 2nd Language! - Navila Castro, Fri Jun 12 21:25
        I am glad the conversation on language has come up. I have grown up bilingual and it's great! Knowing a second language opens the door to be able to connect with more students and people around you.... more
    • re: 2nd language - hillaryyarbrough, Thu Jun 11 16:54
      I think it is very important to learn a second language if you have the time and means to. It would be very time consuming trying to learn and perfect a second language. I think that in a perfect... more
    • re: 2nd language - Stacy Huffman, Thu Jun 11 15:57
      I am torn on this. With the direction our country is moving, I can definitely see the benefit of learning a second language. With regards to sign language, I have picked up a little hear and there. I ... more
      • Experience - miloshcl, Fri Jun 12 12:09
        That's great, Stacy! What signs in particular are useful? I would love to hear about your experience with students with ASD. Do you couple signs with words in large group instruction or just with the ... more
    • RE: Second Language - Hayden Porter, Thu Jun 11 15:10
      I think sign language is an awesome way to communicate! For young children, and people with communication difficulties, this language is great. I took several sign language classes a few years ago... more
    • Maybe? - Jordan Seagraves, Thu Jun 11 13:07
      I don't think learning a second language is necessary for teachers; however, it would be very beneficial. My problem is which language do I take as a second language? Spanish, Chinese, sign language? ... more
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