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Language Acquisition for Deaf & Hearing Impaired Students - Chapter Summary
This chapter allows you to develop a better understanding of the effects of hearing loss on language acquisition and to learn methods for helping deaf/hearing impaired students build stronger communication and language skills. You can also see how to apply assessment strategies for these special needs students. Topics you can expect to review when using the lessons in this chapter include:
- How oral language plays a part in reading development
- The impact of hearing loss on language development
- Components of specific communication methods and modes for deaf/hearing impaired students
- Details of the American Sign Language alphabet and the use of sign language in the classroom
- Effective language assessment techniques for deaf/hearing impaired students
This chapter is presented by experienced instructors who guide you easily through each topic. Lessons can be accessed at any time, on any device, and provide short summaries you can use for quick review once you have reviewed at entire lesson. Brief self-assessment quizzes can be used to demonstrate how much of this material you have mastered and to determine if further review is needed.
How It Helps
- Introduces teachers to effective communication methods: Details communication methods and approaches that help deaf/hearing impaired students build strong communication skills.
- Increases understanding of the link between hearing loss and language development: Reviews the ways in which hearing impairment or loss can adversely affect language acquisition and how these challenges can be overcome.
- Creates a more effective learning environment: Teaches educators how to better communicate with deaf and hearing impaired students to ensure their grasp of language development concepts.
By the end of this chapter, you will be able to:
- Explain how oral language is used in the reading development process
- Describe how hearing loss/impairment impacts language acquisition
- Understand and implement the Listening and Spoken Language Approach (LSL) and the Bilingual-Bicultural Approach (BiBi)
- Implement different communication modes in your classroom
- Develop a basic understanding of American Sign Language and begin to use this method in the classroom
- Assess language development in deaf and hearing impaired students
1. The Impact of Oral Language on Reading Development
Oral language skills are fundamentally connected to the ability to learn reading. In this lesson, explore the direct links between oral language and reading development, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. How Hearing Loss Impacts Language Development
If you work with students who have hearing loss, you might be interested in how their language development will be affected. This lesson discusses the different impacts of hearing loss on language development.
3. Using Sign Language in the Classroom
In this lesson, we will discuss how sign language makes learning more multi-sensory and it increases student engagement! We will also explore ways that teachers can incorporate sign language into their classrooms on a daily basis.
4. American Sign Language Alphabet
Are you interested in learning American Sign Language? One of the first steps is learning the American Sign Language alphabet. This lesson discusses the ASL manual alphabet, provides tips to help you sign, and describes the situations in which the alphabet should be used.
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