by Brenda Dawe
SIGNO is a sign language game like Bingo except that the headings are handshapes. I have a template which students take and fill in with 5 handshapes (of the 11 basic ones I also include in separate handout). The 25 spaces (no free spots) are then filled in with signs under each heading that begin with that handshape. I ask them to focus on signs they almost know not the ones they OWN (no hesitation and Right) since the object is to have correct handshapes for the vocabulary final.
A big difference in playing this game is this: EACH player is also a caller. With voices off, each one takes a turn around the circle showing the handshape first (so all can see if they also have that column). Then caller signs his/her word and crosses it off on their card. Of course, others having the same sign also gets one step closer to a SIGNO.
I bring along a number of token prizes since even College kids want a reward for winning.
***note*** If the caller has mistakenly put the wrong sign and handshape together, I cut in and correct the error. I will also correct the production of a sign if the others (having been pre-instructed to challenge each other) don’t catch it.
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