Language Awareness Activities : Jamaican Holiday (Intermediate Plus)

Signed by Paul Lynch

Most users of a spoken language understand a sentence by processing the order that the words happen in. In the sentence ‘Jamil was laughing’ we know that it was Jamil who laughed, because the name ‘Jamil’ came before the word ‘laughed’. However, in signed languages, learners have to open their minds to a grammar that relies on a 3D space, not a chronological order. They have to alter their thinking from, “What sign comes next?” to “What sign moves where?” Download the worksheet below

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