Bilingualism and Bilingual Deaf Education

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-06-30
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In Bilingualism and Bilingual Deaf Education, volume editors Marc Marschark, Gladys Tang, and Harry Knoors bring together diverse issues and evidence in two related domains: bilingualism among deaf learners - in sign language and the written/spoken vernacular - and bilingual deaf education. The volume examines each issue with regard to language acquisition, language functioning, social-emotional functioning, and academic outcomes. It considers bilingualism and bilingual deaf education within the contexts of mainstream education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students in regular schools, placement in special schools and programs for the deaf, and co-enrollment programs, which are designed to give deaf students the best of both educational worlds.

The volume offers both literature reviews and new findings across disciplines from neuropsychology to child development and from linguistics to cognitive psychology. With a focus on evidence-based practice, contributors consider recent investigations into bilingualism and bilingual programming in different educational contexts and in different countries that may have different models of using spoken and signed languages as well as different cultural expectations. The 18 chapters establish shared understandings of what are meant by "bilingualism," "bilingual education," and "co-enrollment programming," examine their foundations and outcomes, and chart directions for future research in this multidisciplinary area. Chapters are divided into three sections: Linguistic, Cognitive, and Social Foundations; Education and Bilingual Education; and Co-Enrollment Settings. Chapters in each section pay particular attention to causal and outcome factors related to the acquisition and use of these two languages by deaf learners of different ages. The impact of bilingualism and bilingual deaf education in these domains is considered through quantitative and qualitative investigations, bringing into focus not only common educational, psychological, and linguistic variables, but also expectations and reactions of the stakeholders in bilingual programming: parents, teachers, schools, and the deaf and hearing students themselves.

Table of Contents


1. Bilingualism and Bilingual Deaf Education: Time To Take Stock
Harry Knoors, Gladys Tang, and Marc Marschark

Part 1. Linguistic, Cognitive and Social Foundations

2. Language Development and Language Interaction in Sign Bilingual Language Acquisition
Carolina Plaza-Pust

3. Language Acquisition by Bilingual Deaf Preschoolers: Theoretical, Methodological Issues and Empirical Data
Pasquale Rinaldi, Maria Cristina Caselli, Daniela Onofrio, and Virginia Volterra

4. Bimodal Bilingual Cross-Language Interaction: Pieces of the Puzzle
Ellen Ormel and Marcel Giezen

5. Sign Language and Reading Comprehension: No Automatic Transfer
Daniel Holzinger and Johannes Fellinger

6. The Influence of Communication Mode on Language Development in Children with Cochlear Implants
Elizabeth Walker and Bruce Tomblin

7. Psychosocial Development in Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges
Manfred Hintermair

8. Bilingualism and Bimodal Bilingualism in Deaf People: A Neurolinguistic Approach
Ana Mineiro, Maria Vânia Silva Nunes, Mara Moita, Sónia Silva, and Alexandre Castro-Caldas

Part 2. Education

9. Navigating Two Languages in the Classroom: Goals, Evidence, and Outcomes
Marc Marschark and ChongMin Lee

10. Improving Reading Instruction to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Loes Wauters and Annet de Klerk

11. Quality of Instruction in Bilingual Schools for Deaf Children: Through the Children's Eyes and the Camera's Lens
Daan Hermans, Loes Wauters, Annet de Klerk, and Harry Knoors

12. Shifting Contexts and Practices in Sign Bilingual Education in Northern Europe: Implications for Professional Development and Training
Ruth Swanwick, Ola Hendar, Jesper Dammeyer, Ann-Elise Kristoffersen, Jackie Salter, and Eva Simonsen

Part 3. Bilingual education in co-enrollment settings

13. Language Development of Severe to Profoundly Deaf Children Studying in a Sign Bilingual and Co-Enrollment Environment
Gladys Tang, Scholastica Lam, and Kun-man Chris Yiu

14. Social Integration of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students in a Sign Bilingual and Co-Enrollment Environment
Kun-man Chris Yiu and Gladys Tang

15. Sign Bilingual and Co-Enrollment Education for Children with Cochlear Implants in Madrid, Spain: A Case Study
Mar Pérez Martin, Marian Valmaseda Balanzategui, and Gary Morgan

16. The Twinschool: A Co-Enrollment Program in the Netherlands
Daan Hermans, Annet de Klerk, Loes Wauters, and Harry Knoors

17. Co-Enrollment in the United States: A Critical Analysis of Benefits and Challenges
Shirin Antia and Kelly K. Metz


18. Perspectives on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education for Deaf Learners
Marc Marschark, Harry Knoors, and Gladys Tang

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