The Cambodia TESOL was an impressive event. Despite its scale, it was well organized and the various sessions were well attended. I presented momosign under the title: Kinesthetic connections across borders and barriers
"English has the potential to connect people across regional and international borders, but acquiring the language is not easy for everyone. With the emphasis on writing and grammar, the importance of non-verbal communication and contextual understanding are often overlooked. Sign language is by default non-verbal. It encodes gestures, facial expression and the use of space into the transference of meaning.
Martin Momoda has developed a method of using gestures from sign language, as an effective tool for hearing students of English. Memory is strengthened through aural, visual and kinesthetic means. Symbolic gestures are direct expressions of meaning and thus reduce translation. Using signs strengthens non-verbal skills, making communicating in English easier and more enjoyable."
"The promise is to dramatically increase English skills through this method, which is especially suited for resource scarce country. Stronger English skills will open doors to economic integration. A large population of students who know basic sign language will break down barriers for the disabled, promising to create an inclusive education as well as an inclusive society."