Signer: Ju-Lee A. Wolsey
Hello! Welcome to vlog #3.
The new topic is "ASL/English Bilingual Education."
All information is accessible in both ASL and English.
Enjoy watching! Thank you!
Transcript available here for "What is ASL/English Bilingual Education?"
American Sign Language (ASL)/English bilingual education is an educational approach that aims for additive bilingualism, meaning that the goal of a bilingual program is to develop social and academic proficiencies in both ASL and English. An ASL/English bilingual program recognizes the centrality of a visual language, visual learning, and deaf perspectives as well as the importance of developing literacy skills in English. Therefore, a bilingual program gives equal attention to the instruction and use of both ASL and English in order to access curricular content. To achieve competence in both languages a bilingual program must focus on developing the students’:
The development of both languages happens as an integral part of the school day and across the curriculum with additional times and spaces dedicated to ensuring that students are meeting the milestone for each language.
Transcript available here for "Who is ASL/English Bilingual Education for?"
An ASL/English bilingual program considers the needs of diverse deaf children including those who may enter school having had:
Like bilingual education for hearing students, bilingual education for deaf students affirms that access to two languages is a desired characteristic for all children and that fluent bilingualism leads to mental flexibility, expanded concept development, creative thinking and more important bilingual fluency can open the door to opportunities.
Click on the below link to read a research brief titled, " ASL/English Bilingual Education: Models, Methodologies, and Strategies."