ERIC Number: EJ1174624
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Superordinate Precision: An Examination of Academic Writing among Bilingual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Scott, Jessica A.; Hoffmeister, Robert J.
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, v23 n2 p173-182 Apr 2018
Academic English is an essential literacy skill area for success in post-secondary education and in many work environments. Despite its importance, academic English is understudied with deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) students. Nascent research in this area suggests that academic English, alongside American Sign Language (ASL) fluency, may play an important role in the reading proficiency of DHH students in middle and high school. The current study expands this research to investigate academic English by examining student proficiency with a sub-skill of academic writing called superordinate precision, the taxonomical categorization of a term. Currently there is no research that examines DHH students' proficiency with superordinate precision. Middle and high school DHH students enrolled in bilingual schools for the deaf were assessed on their ASL proficiency, academic English proficiency, reading comprehension, and use of superordinate precision in definitions writing. Findings indicate that student use of superordinate precision in definitions writing was correlated with ASL proficiency, reading comprehension, and academic English proficiency. It is possible that degree of mastery of superordinate precision may indicate a higher overall level of proficiency with academic English. This may have important implications for assessment of and instruction in academic English literacy.
Descriptors: Deafness, Partial Hearing, Academic Discourse, Bilingual Students, English for Academic Purposes, Language Proficiency, Special Schools, Secondary School Students, Reading Comprehension, Correlation, Instructional Effectiveness, American Sign Language, Language Tests
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