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Self-motivated readers and confident writers : how literacy in ASL can help develop written English literacy

  • Author(s): Wudel, Madelyn Celeste
  • et al.
Abstract

Like many educators in the field of Deaf Education, improving literacy is an area of high interest. This curriculum addresses more explicit instruction on how to use what deaf and hard-of-hearing students already know in ASL, and help them apply it towards their written English. Students were given the opportunity to practice free expression in ASL on video, followed by writing an English equivalent. Based on these samples of self-expression, the teacher made positive comparisons between English and ASL in order to build upon and strengthen both languages. Throughout the implementation, students demonstrated that they were using metacognitive skills in order to differentiate between English and ASL, and were even able to develop their own methods after being provided with scaffolded instruction

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