ERIC Number: ED335812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot Project TSD: A Study of Foreign Language, Academic Self-Esteem, and Achievement Motivation in Hearing Impaired Adolescents.
Welch, Olga M.; Hodges, Carolyn R.
This presentation focuses on how foreign language study may be used to motivate hearing-impaired adolescents and to improve their English proficiency skills. Research on foreign language acquisition as it relates to self-concept development in hearing-impaired youth is reviewed, and a pilot project involving students at the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville is described. Through interviews, teacher observations, assessment of student progress, and a self-esteem inventory, 14 hearing-impaired 11th-grade students were evaluated to explore the relationship between their self-esteem and achievement motivation. Students from both an experimental and a control group participated in a computer-assisted vocabulary building program, and students in the experimental group also received Wortgefecht, a computerized German program that allowed students to learn basic grammar and syntax. Preliminary findings included: students in both groups had difficulty with the English vocabulary-building program; the teacher reported some change in the self-esteem (achievement motivation) of students in the experimental group; students in the experimental group scored higher on the German comprehension test than they did on the English; and students viewed their experiences with the computer-assisted German positively. (Includes 56 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Aspiration, Computer Assisted Instruction, Demonstration Programs, English, German, Hearing Impairments, Language Acquisition, Learning Motivation, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Student Motivation, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee School for the Deaf
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (17th, Rochester, NY, July 29-August 3, 1990).