ERIC Number: ED414674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Educating Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: English-Based Sign Systems. ERIC Digest #E556.
This digest uses a question-and-answer format to summarize basic information about the use of English-based sign systems with children who are deaf or hard of hearing. English-based sign systems are explained as using the vocabulary of American Sign Language (ASL) with the grammatical and syntactical features of English. These systems include Signed English, Seeing Essential English, and Signing Exact English. The paper notes wide use by hearing parents and educators who wish to expose the child to English but negative attitudes by many Deaf adults who view such systems as a denial of Deaf culture. Benefits of this option are also identified, including increased access to English during the language learning years. Among limitations noted are the danger of signing only parts of a spoken message, resulting in incomplete English that fits neither English or ASL syntax. Parents are offered a list of questions to consider before choosing this communication option. (DB)
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Communication Skills, Deafness, Decision Making, Early Childhood Education, English, Grammar, Manual Communication, Partial Hearing, Sign Language, Syntax, Young Children
ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1589; toll-free telephone: 800-328-0272.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Reston, VA.