ERIC Number: ED209876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Readable English for Hearing-Impaired Students: Multi-Level Guidelines for Linguistically Controlled Reading Materials.
Decker, Nan; And Others
Developed by the Multi-level Captioning Project, the manual provides guidelines for linguistically controlling reading materials for the deaf. An introduction describes the three proposed reading levels based on difficulty of vocabulary, syntax, and inference. Chapter 1, on vocabulary, considers word list sources, guidelines for controlling vocabulary, strategies for handling difficult vocabulary, and ways to define words in captioned materials. The second, and major chapter, by R. Wilbur is on syntax and includes the research basis for the syntax guidelines, approaches to language analysis, and the theoretical foundation of the guidelines. Most of the chapter consists of the specific guidelines concerned with such syntactical structures as determiners; demonstratives and adjectives; verbs and auxiliaries; prepositions, particles, and prepositional adverbs; negatives; questions; comparatives and superlatives; and relative clauses. A chart provides an overview of the syntactical guidelines for common relational words. The third chapter, by K. Wilson, is on inference and includes sections on the role of inference in language comprehension, categories of inference, an example of the use of inference, a perspective on the inferential process, deaf children's inferential abilities, and the guidelines for editing inferential material. The final chapter, by N. Decker, is on application of the guidelines and considers the editing and evaluation of news reports, basal readers and trade books, documents and instructions, and television scripts. (DB)
Descriptors: Captions, Deafness, Editing, Guidelines, Material Development, Readability, Reading Materials, Syntax, Vocabulary
The Caption Center, WGBH-TV, 125 Western Ave., Boston, MA 02134 (6.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Education for the Handicapped (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: WGBH-TV, Boston, MA. The Caption Center.