ERIC Number: ED189602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Mainstream Hearing Impaired Student in College Composition Classes.
This paper discusses problems and offers suggestions related to mainstreaming hearing impaired students into composition classes. The minimum language proficiency necessary to mainstream a student is described first, followed by the recommended procedure to actually move a hearing impaired student into a regular composition classroom. Listed among the problems that accompany such a move are: (1) both American Sign Language (ASL) and signed English need to be used, (2) materials need to be adapted, (3) students need to be encouraged to write more than one or two sentences, and (4) teachers need to be aware of the students' often severely limited life experiences. The differences between English and ASL and between ASL and signed English are discussed, examples of deficient life experiences are presented (including the students' lack of sensitivity to family environment and to the concept of choice), and the benefits of using English as a second language materials are explained. The need to prepare students for mainstreaming is emphasized, as is the necessity for teachers of mainstreamed hearing impaired students to maintain their usual standards of student performance. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).