I learned English easiest from the Deaf teacher” (S. White, personal communication, February 16, 2016). Also, young Deaf students should be taught by Deaf teachers because Deaf/C.O.D.A are good language models. Language models are important to have because who else would be a good model for ASL? Throughout this article I will be exploring and sharing with you why Deaf/C.O.D.A teachers are important to the education of young Deaf/hard of hearing
Being deaf does not mean they have to know American Sign Language first which means their grammar could be bad or not. It is really important to know how to do correct grammar than using "American Sign Language" grammar. The public school did changed me a lot better and improve everything.” The third question, what is your wish that school can improve for the future? Devyn said, “My wish that deaf school could be more deaf students. They would set up for football and more sports.
They argue that students never really learn English and instead fall into using the native language all through school. They also site studies that show test scores higher in schools with immersion programs than in school that favor a bilingual approach. The approach of bilingual education is to allow students to study and learn in their native language while they master their understanding of the English language over three to six years. The argument is that it makes sense that a teacher would want to teach a child in a language they understand until they have fully mastered their second language. Supporters also have their studies to quote.
As Deaf Education teachers, our duty should be to promote functional living, social-interaction, and self-advocacy skills for students who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is especially important for Deaf Education teachers to promote this because the amount of support a deaf child receives at home may be minimal. In a classroom, there may be a student who has deaf parents to guide him/her through life. On the other side of the spectrum, there may be a deaf child of hearing parents whom show no interest in interacting with their deaf child. Those who have deaf parents are more likely to develop a strong sense of independence because they have their parents as role models.
Establishing American Sign Language as a first language for Deaf American children is key. By establishing American Sign Language as their first language you are providing an accessible language that help your Deaf child learn English later on. Many classes use Total Communication which uses Sign language, English, picture, videos, and other tools to teach concepts in class. It has been shown that deaf children who have early access American Sign Language, like those who were born with Deaf parents, are four times more likely to go to college than those who have hearing parents (Wilbur). Other countries have already shown evidence that bilingual-bicultural classes are the way to go.
According to research published by the Washington Post, “In 2011… only 24 percent of students in eighth and 12th grades were proficient in writing” (Wexler). This is most likely due to the recent advances in modern technology. Because of these advances, many elementary schools have begun to consider putting less emphasis on teaching the basic handwriting fundamentals in order to focus on teaching typing and computer skills. Many educators and analysts agree that there are many beneficial by-products of instructing young students to fully develop their handwriting. However, there are also many who believe that in order for students keep up with the constant changes and growth in technology, they must be taught computer skills from early ages.
Many advocates of bilingual education propose that learning in multiple language can increase self-esteem While this might sound fantastic, studies show that to rarely be the case and in actuality, many parents wish to not have their child(ren) involved. Advocates of bilingual education stress that the program is meant to increase self-esteem among limited-English students when they are introduced to all-English classes. However, studies have shown that self-esteem is not significantly higher amongst these children. In fact, studies suggest students’ stress levels are actually lowered when introduced to English on the first day of school. Supporters, teachers and other staff members make sure to make the child’s self esteem a major concern and a decision maker in a parents head yet most parents are unwill... ... middle of paper ... ...t the dominant subject and waste years of their education.
For example “Parents or guardians may waive the above requirement if they are able to show that a child already knows English, has special needs, or would learn English faster through an alternate instructional technique.” (Linton, 2007). In this way it gives parents a better sense of control over the educational system. Over ten years, it can be said that the state will pay out $50 million per year to provide students with English tutoring. All in support, also believe that the bilingual programs are ineffective and poorly implemented and that Americans should speak English. In 1997, alone only 6.7 percent of limited- English students in California learned enough English t... ... middle of paper ... ...cultural Education 18.2 (2007): 111-128.
Bilingual Education Blows Away the Competition "It would be scary if bilingual education wasnt there, because I wouldnt be able to understand the teacher, and I wouldnt know what to do, and I would have problems," said one young supporter of bilingual education (Keifer 10). Education is the single most important tool for future greatness. It is necessary for success in all endeavors. Those who need more assistance in their learning still deserve to receive the best education possible. Just because they do not learn in the same way, does not mean that they can be neglected in this meaningful aspect of life.
Spreading the rudimentary and basics of sign language like letters, numbers, and short sentences throughout the elementary level can build a foundation for students as they progress and get more advanced. This concept is also used with most other subjects as a stepping stone to become more comfortable and prepared for more advanced courses. “Recently, more and more schools (from elementary to secondary) have been focusing on teaching students foreign languages, especially French and Spanish. While there is research that illustrates the importance of teaching our children languages other than English, it is equally as important that, in our curriculum, we start including the domestic language our nation seems to forget about American Sign Language” (Rivito). This has shown to be beneficial for individuals as they move from grade to