My experiences as an educator and as a basic English instructor at the UPRM, lead me to the idea of integrating diverse languages in my classroom. Therefore, my thesis revolves around the topic of translanguaging, specifically with the use of English, Spanish and American Sign Language in class, in order to increase teacher-student communication and challenge pupil’s views on language, culture and language learning. As a result, integrating the deaf culture and American Sign Language into the English class, allows students to explore an alternate form of communication, which does not rely on sound or speech. Hence, challenging their perspectives of spoken languages and the currency or value of sound.
Ashley A. Miranda