ERIC Number: ED390209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Deaf Students as Visual Learners: Power for Improving Literacy and Communication.
Reeves, June B.; And Others
This paper stresses the concept of deaf students as visual learners. Educators are urged to think visually in order to help maximize opportunities for deaf students to use their visual learning skills in developing literacy skills, and in their general academic, social, and personal development. Examples are offered of structural/grammatical features of American Sign Language to show how this natural sign language uses space, sign movement, indexing, body shifts, eye gaze and facial expression, together with sign selection based on meaning, to provide clear visual communication for the following concepts and language structures: (1) appropriate pronoun usage/identification; (2) verb usage, with focus on active versus passive voice; (3) semantics/meaning of individual terms or phrases; and (4) dependent clause structures. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Technical Inst. for the Deaf, Rochester, NY.
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf (18th, Tel Aviv, Israel, July 16-20, 1995).