TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

 

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My goal as a professor will consist of American Sign Language Teaching Association (ASLTA) certification as well as Informed Eclectic Approach. Informed Eclectic Approach allows professors to select variety types of teaching methods depending on students’ need. With my certification in ASLTA which will apply to classroom management is imperative to healthy academic environment which are traditional design, horseshoe design, and group/pair pods design. Dorsality Theory, well known for deaf space which was invented by Robert Sirvage (Saj, 2017). Applying both theory and classroom management will display positive vibe and lack of tension in the academic environment. I envision myself teaching students in the classroom through three methods which are Student-Center Learning, Cooperative Language Learning and Natural Approach.

  

In the classroom, teaching Student-Center Learning method would allow students have some ownership with my support and feedback completing their project and/or homework (Richards & Rodgers, 2014). This approach will fulfill the goal to allow students gain opportunity learning through their interests or hobbies as part of their classroom learning. In this setting, supporting students’ ideas individually or in groups sharing ideas will boost students’ confidence completing their assignments and/or projects.  

    

Cooperative Language Learning (CLL) method includes students in the classroom with groups in a non-competitive learning environment (Richards & Rodgers, 2014). Students’ improvement in expressive signing and reception will be recognized though frequent interaction between teacher and student. This academic setting suits well with group and/or pair design. 

    

Similarly, the Natural Approach provides authenticity in the targeted language such as American Sign Language (ASL) (Richards & Rodgers, 2014). Teaching ASL to students allows them to improve their competency on their own pace. Several strategies include the Affective filter and i + 1 Input Hypothesis learning. 

    

In conclusion, American Council On The Teaching Of The Foreign Language (ACTFL) is another way to allow students to be successful. The goal of teaching ASL is developing students’ ability to communicate creatively and improve their signing competency (Cokely, 2002). Students will gain confidence through public speaking via projects. Interacting in deaf events or being part of the ASL club will allow students to communicate comfortably without any hesitation. With that being said, they will have sufficient knowledge in Deaf Culture, deaf experience to socialize freely.

 

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References

 

Brown, H. D., & Lee, H. (2015). Teaching by principles: An interactive approach to language pedagogy. White Plains, NY: Pearson, Inc. 

 

Richards, J. C., & Rodgers, T.S. (2014). Approaches and methods in language teaching (3rd ed.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

 

Cokely, D., & Baker, C. (2002). American sign language: A teachers resource text on curriculum, methods, and evaluation. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

 

Saj, S. R. (2017, March 09). An insight from deafspace: Robert Sirvage: TEDxGallaudet. Retrieved from https://indiadisablednews.wordpress.com/2017/03/09/an-insight-from-deafspace-robert-sirvage-tedxgallaudet.

 

Yale. (n.d.). Center for Teaching and Learning: Classroom Seating Arrangements. Retrieved from https://ctl.yale.edu/classroomseatingarrangements. 

Empirical educators should position themselves to familiarize themselves with each student's culture and important occurrences in their lives as they happen and, investing in global education, be intentional in finding other ways to learn about their students' world. - Christopher D. Johnson