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Promoting Language Through Physical Education

Promoting Language Through Physical Education

Using Sign Language and Spanish to Engage Everyone

$32.00 USD


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    Our society has never been more diverse, and teachers need to be culturally responsive educators in order to be most competent. But being culturally responsive is no simple task.

    Promoting Language Through Physical Education makes that task easier. This text offers strategies that physical education teachers can use to integrate non-English speakers and Deaf children in their classes. Sign language and Spanish are used as examples of how teachers can integrate students of any language background into classes. The use of sign language and Spanish phrases not only enhances communication among students and between students and teachers but promotes learning, open-mindedness, and appreciation for other cultures.

    Physical education is the ideal setting for integrating other languages because play fosters language development; children interact so much with each other and have ample opportunity to express themselves in physical education. With this book, teachers can expertly guide that development—even if they don’t have a Spanish-speaking or Deaf child in their class.

    Promoting Language Through Physical Education grounds teachers in the importance of language and the value of learning about other cultures. Teachers will also

    • use games and strategies that help them infuse language into their daily classes;

    • have access to Spanish and sign language dictionaries, with vocabulary organized by movement concepts, games, and activities; and

    • use a DVD-ROM to facilitate both their teaching and their students’ learning.

    The DVD includes video footage of key physical education terms and common words and phrases in Spanish and American Sign Language. Students can follow along as teachers play the footage, thus taking pressure off teachers who are not familiar with sign language or Spanish. The DVD also contains reproducibles and assessment tools that teachers can print and use, saving preparation time.

    With this practical text, teachers can promote language development and cultural appreciation while offering developmentally appropriate games and activities for students from elementary grades through high school. The games and strategies blend into and enhance regular physical education curricula. And the book includes appendixes of resources that can augment students’ learning and ability to overcome language barriers.


    Reference for physical education teachers, adapted physical education teachers, and classroom teachers who teach physical education. Supplemental text for PETE students.

    Part I: Importance of Learning About Diversity

    Chapter 1. Learning About Deaf Culture

    Chapter 2. Learning About Hispanic Culture

    Part II: Importance of Infusing Language Into Physical Activity Programs

    Chapter 3. Infusing Language Into Physical Education

    Chapter 4. Assessing Learning

    Chapter 5. Elementary Activities

    Chapter 6. Middle School Activities

    Chapter 7. High School Activities

    Part III: Spanish and Sign Language Dictionaries

    Chapter 8. Spanish Words for Physical Education

    Chapter 9. ASL Signs for Physical Education

    Luis Columna, PhD, is an associate professor at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Armed with three degrees in adapted physical education and physical education, Columna is intent on helping teachers work better with diverse learners. He has taught in private and public schools in Texas and Puerto Rico and has taught higher education since 2006. Along with his coauthor, he has conducted several workshops and written several articles related to overcoming language barriers.

    Columna, who infuses Spanish in his courses, is the chair-elect of the National Adapted Physical Activity Council (APAC). He was the editor of the APAC section in the journal Palaestra. He is also a member of the Social Justice and Cultural Diversity Committee of the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education. In 2011, Columna was the recipient of the Social Justice and Diversity Young Professional Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. In his spare time, Columna enjoys dancing, traveling, and hiking.

    Lauren J. Lieberman, PhD, is a professor at the College at Brockport in Brockport, New York. She has taught higher education since 1995 and taught in Perkins School for the Blind since 2010. She is fluent in sign language, using sign as her language in earning her PhD. She infuses sign language throughout her courses.

    Lieberman has written 11 books on adapted physical education and started Camp Abilities, a developmental sports camp for children with visual impairments. This camp is now replicated in eight states and two countries.

    Lieberman is past chair of the National Adapted Physical Activity Council (APAC), and she serves on the board of the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes. She acts as a consultant for the New York State Deafblind Collaborative. In her leisure time, she enjoys playing ultimate, biking, running, kayaking, hiking, and playing the guitar.