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ERIC Number: ED476841
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 9
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British Aid for Hungarian Deaf Education from a Linguistic Human Rights Point of View.
Kontra, Miklos
Hungarian Journal of Applied Linguistics, v1 n2 p63-68 2001
This paper discusses the issue of oral versus sign language in educating people who are deaf, focusing on Hungary, which currently emphasizes oralism and discourages the use of Hungarian Sign Language. Teachers of people who are hearing impaired are trained to use the acoustic channel and view signing as an obstacle to the integration of deaf people into mainstream Hungarian society. A recent news report describes how the British Council is giving children's books to a Hungarian college for teachers of handicapped students, because the college believes in encouraging hearing impaired students' speaking skills through picture books rather than allowing then to use sign language. One Hungarian researcher writes that the use of Hungarian Sign Language hinders the efficiency of teaching students who are hard of hearing, because they often prefer it to spoken Hungarian. This paper suggests that the research obscures the difference between medically deaf children, who will never learn to hear, and hearing impaired children, who may learn to hear and speak to some extent. It asserts that this is a case of linguicism and discrimination between groups of people defined on the basis of language. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hungary; United Kingdom