The need for ESL instruction for deaf students
from By: Douglas Magrath
From Feb. 11:
Many deaf people face the same issues as ESL students when they go through the educational process along with hearing students. The first language for many deaf students is American Sign Language, or ASL; this is not English but a separate language. Prelingually deaf children acquire English through secondary channels such as reading, signed English or lip reading. Their L1 — ASL — is considered to be a complete language with a visual mode rather than an auditory system.
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