Julie Jahde

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Dr. Yvonne Tixier y Vigil


This study examined the use of Conceptual Sign Language together with Spanish instruction for third grade students. With the growing number of Hispanics in the United States, Spanish is becoming an important subject. According to the National Network for Early Language Learning, (NNELL) Spanish as a Second Language can be very beneficial for elementary students. Using movement, gestures and Total Physical Response (TPR) techniques have been demonstrated as effective instructional strategies. They have also been shown to be effective for any foreign language classrooms, especially with elementary students. Conceptual sign language has also been an effective tool to reinforce vocabulary for hearing students. This study will combine conceptual sign language with Spanish instruction in order to examine the effects third grade students' learning of Spanish vocabulary as assessed by a receptive and expressive curriculum-based measurement.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts in Elementary Education University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2002 Julie Jahde.