ASL Tales multilingual fairy tale books comes with a DVD, combining English text, rich illustrations and the power of visual language with an ASL storyteller (Deaf). Deaf children, of course, love it. Hearing children, of all ages, can hear the English version, freeing them to watch the signing; they love it. Translations in ten or more different languages, along with the pictures, the visual and kinesthetic signing on the DVD, allow all kinds of learners to access these classical stories (with some delightful modern twists).
Students are learning reading or English or a new language for the first time. ASL Tales engages multilingual families and classrooms, with stories that make everyone smile. Exposure to a new language triggers metalinguistic and metacognitive thinking. The visual storytelling, close to the playing and acting of all children engages, increases comprehension of English vocabulary, structure and literature that teaches reading and loving to learn. Visual language makes identifying feelings so much easier than a spoken one can, supporting the development of self knowledge, communication skills and empathy. See some clips at: Signs of Literacy