ERIC Number: ED314893
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Consistent Linguistic Input in the Signing Behavior of Teachers: Modified Signed English. Occasional Paper No. 127.
Stewart, David A.; And Others
The paper addresses problems teachers of the severely hearing impaired have in being bimodal (speech plus signs) English role models as well as in using American Sign Language. The project described in this paper centers around inservice training and in-class demonstrations of the use of a modified form of Signed English to provide a visual presentation of English as the primary language of the classroom. The typical signing behavior of teachers in total communication programs is illustrated through examples from a videotape. The major portion of the document consists of appendixes which serve as a manual for implementing a similar approach. Appendix A lists the 12 general goals of the Total Communication Project. Appendix B presents eight inservice lesson plans concerned with: (1) sign markers, affixes, and contractions; (2) facial expressions and body language; (3) body and gaze shifting; (4) fingerspelling; (5) classifiers; (6) locatives; (7) indexic referencing and localization; and (8) directionality. Appendix C provides a glossary of affixes and sign markers while Appendix D does the same with contractions. The final appendix lists 19 resources with descriptive abstracts. (DB)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Communication Skills, Deafness, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Finger Spelling, Hearing Impairments, Inservice Teacher Education, Lesson Plans, Special Classes, Total Communication
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($11.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Information Analyses; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.