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Activity 13.1

Activity 13.1

Learning vocabulary and about music in Deaf culture

The students will learn the vocabulary for making and responding to invitations. They will also learn about music in Deaf culture.

As the name of this unit indicates, music is a key theme. Ask the students how they think Deaf people respond to music. Instead of listening to music, Deaf people feel it. This is why bass music is popular, because they can feel the vibrations and can therefore enjoy the rhythm and beat. Mention sign singing and, if possible, search for some examples of this on the Internet.

Challenge the students to find out more about music in Deaf culture and bring this information to the next lesson. Discuss how they could go about this research, for example, by searching the Internet. Look at these examples of sign singing.

Play clip 13.1a repeatedly so that the students can learn to sign the new vocabulary well. Explain that TURN-UP and TURN-DOWN are signs that show the movement that you actually need to make. This means that you just turn up or turn down a stereo with one hand.

Project worksheet 13.1 as an OHT and lay strips of paper over the English words that identify the meaning of each sign. Point to the signs at random and have the students respond with the English. Repeat this process with worksheet 13.2 after you have played clip 13.1b and your students have practised their signing.

Play clip 13.1a and clip 13.1b again and hand out copies of the two worksheets to the students for their reference and to use for further practice. Discuss with them techniques that they can use to learn new vocabulary well.

This discussion may help them to explore techniques that are new to them. It will help them to become more efficient learners.

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Clip 13.1a
Clip 13.1b

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Name Class Section
Document Worksheet 13.1 Worksheet 1
Document Worksheet 13.2 Worksheet 1

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