Did you know that not all countries in the world share a universal sign language? Today’s post is in honour of my friend, Meike Thomesen, who is the Assistant Principal at Bowcroft Elementary, Calgary’s only German bilingual school. Meike just came back from an intensive training program for in-service German teachers. The course was held in Germany. Part of their training involved PD to teach the German language to children by complementing the spoken language with sign language. What a super idea!
If you teach German, here are some resources to help you learn about German sign language:
Basic German sign language – You Tube video with English sub-titles
German Sign Language Numbers – YouTube video
AlphaDictionary – A very cool, multilingual sign language resource site
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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.