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Using Games to Teach ASL

Games from regular stores can be used in an ASL classroom. It is important in a foreign language classroom because of several factors. It provides students a learning activity while having fun and reduce stress of learning a new language. Games also create motivation. There are times when deciding which games to use in a classroom can be challenging. The appropriate game used in a language classroom should be related to the goal of teaching vocabulary, syntax, numbers, and/or communication. Another challenge is to decide which proficiency level, cultural context, and the timing of your classroom. Bottom line, the goal of the games should be about the students applying what they have already learned. This workshop will provide some ideas on which games to use for which unit/lesson and which level. The presenter will also show several games and how to use them in a classroom.

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Rhonda Jennings-Arey

Rhonda Jennings-Arey

Dr. Arey has twenty years of teaching experience at the K-12 level. She worked at the Maryland Schools for the Deaf before returning home to her alma mater, the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia. Rhonda has taught in all grades from Pre-Kindergarten to high school, specializing in English and American Sign Language for Deaf students, hearing students as a second language, and hearing faculty and staff. At the post-secondary level, Rhonda is an adjunct at the Radford University, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, and Tidewater Community College. She has also taught at several other colleges. Dr. Jennings-Arey has degrees in Deaf Education, Sign Language Education, Literacy Specialization, and Administration and Supervision. She obtained her doctorate degree in Post-Secondary and Adult Education in May 2016. She was the co-founder of VSDB’s ASL/English Bilingual Education Training program. She has an ASLTA certification at the qualified level and endorsement in ASL instruction through the state of Virginia. She is currently certified by RID as a Certified Deaf Interpreter where she works as a freelance interpreter. She lives in Staunton, VA where her family resides and in Louisville, KY where she works full-time as an Associate Professor at the University of Louisville.