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ERIC Number: EJ903019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1544-6751
Bilingual Students Publish Works in ASL and English
Horn-Marsh, Petra M.; Horn-Marsh, Kester L.
Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education, v10 n1 p12-17 Spr-Sum 2009
The Kansas State School for the Deaf (KSD) is a bilingual school where American Sign Language (ASL) and English are used equally in the classroom and dormitory as the languages of instruction and communication. As a result, KSD has been part of bilingual education training through the Center for ASL/English Bilingual Education and Research (CAEBER) housed at Gallaudet University. The Center supplies pre-service and in-service training to teachers, schools, and universities that provide research-based bilingual education to deaf and hard of hearing students. In its eleventh year of bilingual education in-service training, KSD has successfully trained most of its personnel, including most or all classroom teachers, paraprofessional educators, school counselors, administrators, dormitory staff, the transition specialist, the audiologist, and the superintendent. As bilingual children and teens, KSD students deal with the acquisition and learning of two languages--ASL and English. The acquisition and learning processes follow the postulates of Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) set forth by Jim Cummins. The Bilingual Multi-Media Room (BMMR) is the place where KSD students strengthen their academic skills in both ASL and English. In this technologically sophisticated and dedicated environment, students work on video journals and writing projects as well as videotape oral presentations. This article describes how the BMMR provides students with opportunities to develop and refine their ASL and English skills. (Contains 3 tables.)
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, KS 3600, Washington, DC 20002. Tel: 800-526-9105; Tel: 202-651-5340; Fax: 202-651-5708; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kansas