ERIC Number: EJ1174125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Why American Sign Language Gloss Must Matter
Supalla, Samuel J.; Cripps, Jody H.; Byrne, Andrew P. J.
American Annals of the Deaf, v161 n5 p540-551 2017
Responding to an article by Grushkin (EJ1174123) on how deaf children best learn to read, published, along with the present article, in an "American Annals of the Deaf" special issue, the authors review American Sign Language gloss. Topics include how ASL gloss enables deaf children to learn to read in their own language and simultaneously experience a transition to written English, and what gloss looks like and how it underlines deaf children's learning and mastery of English literacy through ASL. Rebuttal of Grushkin's argument includes data describing a deaf child's engagement in reading aloud (entirely in ASL) with a gloss text, which occurred without the breakdown implied by Grushkin. The authors characterize Grushkin's argument that deaf children need to learn to read through a conventional ASL writing system as limiting, asserting that ASL gloss contributes more by providing a path for learning and mastering English literacy.
Descriptors: American Sign Language, Deafness, Oral Reading, Children, Educational Practices, Teaching Methods, Instructional Materials
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