ERIC Number: EJ930429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
American Sign Language Curricula: A Review
Rosen, Russell S.
Sign Language Studies, v10 n3 p348-381 Spr 2010
There is an exponential growth in the number of schools that offer American Sign Language (ASL) for foreign language credit and the different ASL curricula that were published. This study analyzes different curricula in its assumptions regarding language, learning, and teaching of second languages. It is found that curricula vary in their assumptions, and can be classified along the three main theoretical frameworks: behaviorism, linguisticism, and communication. Strengths and weaknesses of each theoretical framework are identified in second language acquisition research. Current second language theories of language, learning, and teaching are described, and suggestions are offered for future curriculum in ASL.
Descriptors: Second Languages, Second Language Learning, Language Acquisition, American Sign Language, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Learning Processes, Instructional Materials, Educational Theories, Learning Theories, Behaviorism, Linguistic Theory, Sociolinguistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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